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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Duboeuf Viognier 1998Viognier from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
RH Phillips EXP Viognier 1998Viognier from California
Beaulieu Vineyard Signet Collection Viognier 1998Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Beringer Napa Valley Viognier 1998Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Smith & Hook Viognier 1998Viognier from Central Coast, California
Cambria Viognier 1998Viognier from California
Castle Vineyards Viognier 1998Viognier from Sonoma County, California
Bonterra Organically Grown Viognier 1998Viognier from North Coast, California
Cline Viognier 1998Viognier from Carneros, California
Joseph Phelps Viognier 1998Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Delas Condrieu Grand vin du Rhone Viognier 1998Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Guigal Condrieu 1998Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Kunde Viognier 1998Viognier from Sonoma County, California
Callaway Viognier 1998Viognier from California
Vinum Cellars Vista Verde Vineyard Viognier 1998Viognier from California
Fess Parker Santa Barbara Viognier 1998Viognier from Central Coast, California
Testarossa Viognier Chalone 1998Viognier from Central Coast, California
Delas Condrieu Clos Boucher Viognier 1998Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Griffin Creek Viognier 1998Viognier from Rogue Valley, Oregon
Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Viognier 1998Viognier from Russian River, Sonoma County, California