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...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Condrieu

    Condrieu (From the French coin de ruisseau meaning "corner of the brook") is a French wine-growin...

  • Argentina

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

  • Australia

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

  • Sonoma County

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

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

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  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • Jessup Cellars

    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

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Viognier on Snooth

  • Hey OT,Thanks for getting this re-ignited!I am going to check on the ... ... co-fermented with a bit of Viognier, 100% Syrah and Southern Rhone style blended with Grenache or Grenache and Mourvedre.I am a sucker for any kind of comparison.  Verticals, horizontals, region v. region etc.  I would love to do Washington v. California or Washington... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline


  • OK, if we are going to do this we'd better get serious about it and get some details worked out. People coming from out of town need ample advance notice so they can get their travel plans sewn up.Only JD has chimed in with a date of July 19th. Location is Forestville CA. in the middle of the RRV. I am about 12 minutes from Charles Shulz Sonoma ... Read More

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  • Andre & Michel Quenard Vin de Savoie Chignin-Bergeron Savoie France 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by LindaBailey0209


  • Incognito White 2010

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    Fruity with light acidity. Heavily oaked finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Philippe Borlais Tete du Rhone Cotes du Rhone 2010

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    Very nice southern Rhone white blend of Rousanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier. Ripe peach, some floral notes, medium acidity and a decent finish make for a good mid-week break for the usual white wine suspects. This is not overly complex but nicely balanced and easy to enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2010

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    Lots of fresh herbaceous blackberry on the nose here, coupled with refreshing ... mouth coating (like glycerin/viognier.) My better half loved this on Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Honey Moon Viognier 2012

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    Decent wine for the price. Best with spicy foods. Read More

    Wine review by lakenvelder


  • Essay Chenin Blanc Viognier. Chenin Blanc Coastal Region 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2012

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    Love this Paso Rhone blend. Great balance, some interesting fruit layers and nice acidity. On the palate there's lemon cream pie, honeysuckle and hints of fig. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • William Church Columbia Valley Sara's Vintage Viognier 2011

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    Just opened this viognier tonight and it's drinking beautifully. Nose is somewhat delicate/closed with notes of honeysuckle, white flowers, and sweetgrass, and white peach. Really shines on the palate with great complexity and depth...well balanced acidity, light citrus, fresh white peaches, and marzipan. Great length too. A beautiful product of... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • 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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