Viognier is the most popular and most common white Rhône variety to be bottled on its own. In fact, it’s really the only one that has broken through the threshold to become popular and common.
Of course, the French knew about Viognier’s potential long ago when they began bottling it under the banner Condrieu and added dollops of it to Côte-Rôtie’s Syrah to help add oomph to the great Northern Rhône’s aromatics.
In the states, Viognier, with its nose redolent of peaches and honeysuckles, light fresh demeanor and not infrequent soupcon of sweetness, has made quite a name for itself. By the way, I’ve been waiting four years to sneak soupçon into something! Mission accomplished!
Viognier is produced in California but Virginia is emerging as a hotbed of Viognier activity. You can find fine Viognier coming from almost all over the globe including Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Chile and New Zealand.
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