While we are in Virginia, and you might very well be surprised that we are still in Virginia, it is worth noting that Viognier is now the official white wine grape of the state. That is the level of commitment the entire state is showing to Viognier.
With all that potential and devotion to Viognier, it would be a mistake not to point out at least one additional producer of note. I first became aware of Horton Vineyards due to their Norton wine. Horton Norton, if only Dr. Seuss made wine!
One of the reasons I was tasting the Horton Norton was because the Horton Viognier had bested some of the world’s top Viogniers just a few years earlier. Not that these sorts of taste-offs mean that much, but this one did put Virginia Viognier on my radar and established the bone fides of the association between Virginia and Viognier. Horton continues to put out a fine Viognier, notably perfumed with jasmine and orange blossoms and worthy of representing this fine, emerging region.
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