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...

  • South Africa

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

  • California

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

  • Sonoma County

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

  • Australia

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

  • USA

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

  • Argentina

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries using Viognier

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • Beaucanon Estate

    Situated in beautiful Napa Valley, on the historic Longwood Ranch, Beaucanon Estate reflects the ...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Jade Mountain

    History Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of age-worthy Rhône-style ...

  • Joseph Carr

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

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

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Viognier on Snooth

  • Cline Cellars North Coast Viognier 2013

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    Not quite as fruity as the 2012 but floral on the nose with a touch of pineapple and well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Cotes du Rhone. It’s a surprisingly well known wine in a world where the ... 19% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah, 3% ViognierArt+Farm Wine Oakville Ca A bit honied on the nose with some assertive raw wood notes and jammy, black licorice and dried fruit aromas all topped with a hint of white pepper and something vaguely green and gummy. Soft on entry,this... Read More

    From the article Cotes Du Rhone in 2014


  • D'Arenberg Hermit Crab' /9 2008

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    Light straw color...held up well in 2014. The Viognier Marsanne bled is true to form, but just not my preference. Well balanced. If I liked this type of blend, it would receive high compliments. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • This is the last of a six pack I purchased from LastBottleWines. 43% Marsanne, ... ... 33% Roussanne and 24% Viognier. Starting off a bit too cold but the Viognier is pushing through aromatically. Will follow and report bac Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Cristom Viognier Eola Amity Hills Estate 2011

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    This Willamette Viognier was wonderfully crisp, with layered lemon chiffon, lemon/lime tart and fine acidity. This is just a great summer time quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Stateland Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2012

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    Sugary lemon drop on the nose. A Reddi-Whip can to the palate, this Chardonnay ... as an unctuously delicious Viognier from the Condrieu. Peas and carrots combine with dark wheat to produce the banana split of California Chardonnay -- with a cherry on top Read More

    Wine review by 1525576Claudia Angelillo 1525576 Claudia Angelillo


  • Yalumba Viognier South Australia the Y Series 2012

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    A nose of subtropical flowers (even dandelion), smooth and semi-sweet on entry with a hint of stem-like bitterness on the finish (not unusual). A bit too muscular on the flowery elements for some, but a sound wine at a great price. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Douglas Green Red Blend the Beach House 2011

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    Organic Mairi brought to Norwich Bitter but fruity Read More

    Wine review by gmoserc


  • Viento Aliseo Viognier 2012

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    This modest pick - an organic Viognier wine from La Mancha -stands tall and correct without a label depicting windmills; the sweet honeysuckle, peach and ginger nose is very Mediterranean and inviting; on the palate the pale straw liquid is smooth and balanced with just a hint of orange peel. Great value! 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Not content with sporting on the epic beards in all of winedom, Dezel is also a ... Franc I had a Chinon, every Viognier I had some Condrieu, Pinot Noir / Burgundy, Malbec / Cahors, Tannat / Madiran, etc. – you get the picture. Be it new world or old world, rich or restrained, at the end of the day, it’s all about balance, and both camps offer ... Read More

    From the article Getting to Know Dezel Quillen


  • 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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