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 Blanc310
- Other White Blends140
- Pinot Gris/Grigio139
- Chenin Blanc34
- Other White Wine32
- Pinot Blanc29
- Bordeaux White Blends28
- Rhône White Blends26
- Melon de Bourgogne5
- Gruner Veltliner2
- Muller Thurgau1
Smoking Loon Viognier 2002Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Pepperwood Grove Viognier 2002Viognier from California
Echelon Viognier 2002Viognier from Central Coast, California
Duboeuf Viognier 2002Viognier from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Jacques et Francois Lurton Les Salices Viognier 2002Viognier from France
Hogue Genesis Viognier 2002Viognier from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
RH Phillips EXP Viognier 2002Viognier from California
Sobon Estate Estate Viognier 2002Viognier from Sierra Foothills, California
Fairview Viognier 2002Viognier from South Africa
Ojai Viognier Late Harvest (half-bottle) 2002Viognier from California
Alban Central Coast Viognier 2002Viognier from Central Coast, California
Vinum Cellars Vista Verde Vineyard Viognier 2002Viognier from California
Cline Viognier 2002Viognier from Sonoma County, California
Calera Mt. Harlan Viognier 2002Viognier from Central Coast, California
Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Viognier 2002Viognier from Sonoma County, California
Seven Hills Winery Viognier 2002Viognier from Columbia Valley, Washington
Iron Horse Viognier 2002Viognier from Sonoma County, California
Waterbrook Viognier 2002Viognier from Columbia Valley, Washington
Alban Estate Viognier 2002Viognier from Central Coast, California
Miner Family Simpson Vineyard Viognier 2002Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Rabbit Ridge Viognier 2002Viognier from California
Zaca Mesa Viognier 2002Viognier from Central Coast, California