Viognier

 

Name of varietal: Viognier
 
Common synonyms: Picotin Blanc, Bergeron, Barbin, Greffou, Rebolot, Vionnier, Petiti Vionnier, Viogne, Galopine, Vugava Bijela, 
 
Parentage of the grape: unknown
 
History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in France by the Romans. A fun story that may or not be true is that it was intended for Burgundy, to Beaujolais, and was packaged with Syrah vines that were intercepted by the Medieval French equivalent of the Jesse James gang around Condrieu in Rhone and there it stayed. It likely got its name from the Roman outpost Vienne. It was once widely planted in France, but because it is tricky to grow, once Phylloxera struck, it was only replanted in a few places. Condrieu is the only Rhone appellation that is 100% Viognier. In other areas, besides rare varietal releases, small amounts of it are used as a blending component to red Syrah for body. It eventually made its Read more »

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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

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  • USA

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    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

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    Argentina is one of the top five wine-producing countries in the world. For a long time, most o...

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    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

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    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

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Viognier on Snooth

  • Marienberg Wines Morton Estate Hawkes Bay Viognier Blanc NV

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    Wine review by waitax


  • Looking at some notebooks the next 2 flights were '07 Vintage.'07 ... ... ... Black Label 98%Syrah 2%Viognier 100% Oak - This wine had extended elevage , something like 30 months, and the oak was just way too overpowering. The fruit was great and I think with a lighter oak treatment this could have been a real winner. Extended elevage is the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • JD - Excellent selection with the Gramercy!Here is what I will be bringing to ... Wahluke Slope 97% Syrah 3% Viognier2009 Smasne Cellars Block 3 Syrah Lawrence Vineyard 94% Syrah 6% Viognier2012 Nefarious Cellars Estate Defiance Vineyard Syrah Lake Chelan AVADV - is that an SCTV reference Read More

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  • Trader Joe's Viognier Paso Robles Petit Reserve 2012

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    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Mas des Bressades Roussanne Viognier 2011

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    Wine review by sanadler


  • The Cardiac Cuvee is pretty brilliant IMHO and I think it's 90% Syrah anyway, with a bit of Viognier and a bit of Grenache. And it's one of the more inexpensive wines, which is even better because you always want that one to be your favorite. Going in, I'm expecting a lot from it. That and the Arnot Roberts.Anyhow, OT - what is the blind tasting... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Sabrego Godello 2011

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    Like a Viognier with a bit more spice. Grassy apple melds with apricot for a long, sweet acidic finish. Excellent value. Great experience with an underwing grape variety! Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • "Yep, Eos was sold, had financial problems, went badly downhill.  ... you nailed it on the Qupe Viognier at least."LOL. When Greg first posted the name I thought it meant 'End Of Story'!  JD, I have a potentially even better 2012 Bourgogne blanc for you. Will start a separate thread for i Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Last day of wine touring.Thursday had us lunching with Vincent Rochette, owner ... ... blanc, clairette and viognier was rich but with nice minerality and very nice acidity. We then had a refreshing Rose I believe he said was made from syrah and grenache. On to two reds, a genache and a syrah, both of which were fresh, lively with loads of re... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Merci - Provence 2014


  • Well, we've been catching up on a lot of things on our return to the Inland ... did that to me:  the Viognier from Breaux and the "Super Tuscan" look-alike from Afton.   I learned about a new (to me) grape:  Petit Manseng.  Several of the participants were using that grape.  I have never cared for Viognier varietal bottlings from California (mo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa


  • I tried and bought 2009 and 2010 Vigonier from Mc pherson Vineyards in Lubbock, Texas. I thought they were outstanding!! K. Kangas

    Comment by 794009ohiokangas 794009 ohiokangas


  • The best Viognier ever is Raventos Blanc Parfum de Vi Blanc, Penedes!!!!

    Comment by 832213viognierbabe 832213 viognierbabe


  • Since its orginal planting and first harvest in 1993 at Horton Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia (Monticello Appelation)- Viognier has risen not only to become the top grape in Virginia- but the wines produced from it have become some of the first to recognized as "competitive" with wines from the rest of the world. One of the reasons for ...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


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