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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Kumkani Viognier 2005Viognier from South Africa
Bonterra Organically Grown Viognier 2005Viognier from North Coast, California
Iron Horse Viognier 2005Viognier from Sonoma County, California
Guigal Condrieu 2005Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
Smoking Loon Viognier 2005Viognier from California
Oxford Landing Viognier 2005Viognier from South Australia, Australia
Cline Viognier 2005Viognier from California
Chateau de Campuget Viognier 2005Viognier from Languedoc, South of France, France
Alamos Viognier 2005Viognier from Argentina
RH Phillips EXP Viognier 2005Viognier from California
Fairview Viognier 2005Viognier from South Africa
Ojai Roll Ranch Viognier (375ML half-bottle) 2005Viognier from California
Martha Clara Vineyards Viognier 2005Viognier from New York, Other U.S.
d'Arenberg The Last Ditch Viognier 2005Viognier from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2005Viognier from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Brampton Viognier 2005Viognier from South Africa
Fess Parker Santa Barbara Viognier 2005Viognier from Central Coast, California
Wild Horse Viognier 2005Viognier from Central Coast, California
Jade Mountain Napa Valley Viognier 2005Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Kangarilla Road Viognier 2005Viognier from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
California's Jewel Viognier 2005Viognier from California
Seven Hills Winery Viognier 2005Viognier from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
Consilience Viognier 2005Viognier from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Mr. Riggs Viognier 2005Viognier from Australia