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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RH Phillips EXP Viognier 2001Viognier from California
Cline Viognier 2001Viognier from Sonoma County, California
RayLen Viognier 2001Viognier from North Carolina, Other U.S.
Duboeuf Viognier 2001Viognier from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Hogue Genesis Viognier 2001Viognier from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Breaux Vineyards Viognier 2001Viognier from Virginia, Other U.S.
Oxford Landing Limited Release Viognier 2001Viognier from South Australia, Australia
Horton Viognier 2001Viognier from Virginia, Other U.S.
Wild Horse Equus Viognier 2001Viognier from Central Coast, California
Fess Parker Santa Barbara Viognier 2001Viognier from Central Coast, California
Smoking Loon Viognier 2001Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Zaca Mesa Viognier 2001Viognier from Central Coast, California
Vinum Cellars Vista Verde Vineyard Viognier 2001Viognier from California
Chateau Routas Coquelicot Viognier 2001Viognier from France
Callaway Viognier 2001Viognier from California
Callaway Viognier Reserve 2001Viognier from California
Eberle Mill Road Vineyard Viognier 2001Viognier from Central Coast, California
Jacques et Francois Lurton les Salices Viognier 2001Viognier from France
Pepperwood Grove Viognier 2001Viognier from California
Renwood Winery Select Series Viognier 2001Viognier from Sierra Foothills, California
Rabbit Ridge Viognier 2001Viognier from California
Waterbrook Viognier 2001Viognier from Columbia Valley, Washington
Geyser Peak Alexander Valley Viognier 2001Viognier from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California