Learn about Viognier — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône, and the only one allowed in Condrieu and neighboring monopole (an entire appellation dedicated to just one winery), Château Grillet. It is also a blending variety in several appellations throughout the entire Rhône Valley. Viognier is grown throughout much of the rest of the wine world with some degree of success. Look for great New World examples from California, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia.
Tasting Notes for Viognier
Viognier is a dry, white wine with a full body and distinctive floral aromas. redolent of a full bouquet of flowers, stone and tropical fruits and a dash of spice. It is lower in acidity than most white wines, lending to its heavy impression on the palate. While a whiff of Viognier might suggest sweet flavors, these wines are typically quite dry.
Perfect Food Pairings for Viognier
Viognier is an intense, bold variety that can easily stand up to hearty food like pork loin with apricot stuffing, roasted chicken or chicken Kiev.
Sommelier Secrets for Viognier
While Viognier is a white grape, it also plays an important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.
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Stags' Leap Winery Viognier 2018Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Yalumba Samuel’s Collection Eden Valley Viognier 2017Viognier from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
The White Knight Viognier 2018Viognier from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
San Simeon Stefano Vineyard Viognier 2017Viognier from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Barboursville Reserve Viognier 2017Viognier from Virginia, Other U.S.
Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2018Viognier from South Australia, Australia
Bonterra Organically Grown Viognier 2018Viognier from Mendocino, California
Yalumba The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier 2017Viognier from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Jean-Luc Colombo Condrieu Amour de Dieu 2014Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Cambria Tepusquet Vineyards Viognier 2018Viognier from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
Penner-Ash Viognier 2018Viognier from Oregon
The White Knight Viognier 2017Viognier from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
Maison Nicolas Perrin Viognier 2017Viognier from Vin de France, France
Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2017Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Cristom Viognier 2018Viognier from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2017Viognier from Rhone, France
Wild Horse Viognier 2017Viognier from Central Coast, California
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2016Viognier from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia