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.
- Sauvignon Blanc32
- Pinot Gris/Grigio15
- Rhône White Blends10
- Other White Blends8
- Pinot Blanc8
- Gruner Veltliner5
- Chenin Blanc3
- Grenache Blanc3
- Other White Wine2
- Melon de Bourgogne1
Georges Vernay Condrieu Les Chaillees de L'Enfer 2012Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Yalumba Organic Viognier 2012Viognier from South Australia, Australia
Storybook Mountain Estate Viognier 2012Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2012Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2012Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Martian Stellar Viognier 2012Viognier from Central Coast, California