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.
Viognier Tasting Notes
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 wine might suggest sweet flavors, these wines are typically quite dry.
Viognier Food Pairings
Viognier wine 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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Yalumba Samuel's Collection Eden Valley Viognier 2017Viognier from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2020Viognier from South Australia, Australia
Barboursville Reserve Viognier 2019Viognier from Virginia, Other U.S.
Cline North Coast Viognier 2020Viognier from North Coast, California
M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate 2018Viognier from Rhone, France
Chateau de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2019Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
San Simeon Stefano Vineyard Viognier 2020Viognier from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Cristom Viognier 2019Viognier from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Le Paradou Viognier 2020Viognier from Vin de France, France
Les Alexandrins Viognier 2018Viognier from Vin de France, France
Maison Brotte Versant Dore Condrieu 2019Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Cambria Tepusquet Vineyards Viognier 2018Viognier from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
Penner-Ash Viognier 2020Viognier from Oregon
Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2018Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France