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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Georges Vernay Condrieu Terrasses de l'Empire 2013Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Tangent Paragon Vineyard Viognier 2013Viognier from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
Yalumba The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier 2013Viognier from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Adelaida Estate Viognier 2013Viognier from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Calera Viognier 2013Viognier from Central Coast, California
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2013Viognier from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Storybook Mountain Estate Viognier 2013Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Bonterra Organically Grown Viognier 2013Viognier from Mendocino, California