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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Zaca Mesa Viognier 2008Viognier from Central Coast, California
Maison Nicolas Perrin Hermitage Blanc 2008Viognier from Hermitage, Rhone, France
Angove Family Winemakers Nine Vines Viognier 2008Viognier from Australia
Oxford Landing Viognier 2008Viognier from South Australia, Australia
Cline North Coast Viognier 2008Viognier from California
Freemark Abbey Viognier 2008Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Smoking Loon Viognier 2008Viognier from California
Fairview Viognier 2008Viognier from South Africa
Yalumba Organic Viognier 2008Viognier from South Australia, Australia
Fetish V Spot Viognier 2008Viognier from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Justin Viognier 2008Viognier from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Io Nielson Vineyard Viognier 2008Viognier from Central Coast, California
Tangent Paragon Vineyard Viognier 2008Viognier from Central Coast, California
Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Viognier 2008Viognier from Columbia Valley, Washington
Fess Parker Santa Barbara Viognier 2008Viognier from Central Coast, California
Guigal Condrieu 2008Viognier from Condrieu, Rhone, France
K Vintners Viognier 2008Viognier from Columbia Valley, Washington
Pride Mountain Vineyards Viognier 2008Viognier from Sonoma County, California
Miner Family Simpson Vineyard Viognier 2008Viognier from Napa Valley, California
Eberle Mill Road Vineyard Viognier 2008Viognier from Central Coast, California
Massena The Surly Muse 2008Viognier from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia