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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  • California

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

  • Napa

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • South Africa

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

  • Condrieu

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

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

  • Tisdale Vineyards

    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

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    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

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    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

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    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

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Viognier on Snooth

  • A veritable Jekyll and Hyde roller coaster of weather swept across Europe this ... ... Condrieu reported sturdy Viognier and syrah. Rain in Gigondas kept soil humid through August and September, but estates say the area's Grenache exhibits good fruit and balance. Acid rot hit Côte Rotie  this year, resulting in a quick harvest.  Champagne saw ... Read More

    From the article The 2014 Harvest is in for France and Germany


  • Cinquante-Cinq Viognier Languedoc White

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    The 2013 is a very enjoyable Viognier and well worth the money. Read More

    Wine review by RUS


  • The status of South African wine in the USA is lamentable. Even in New York ... Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier and a smattering of other grapes. Though at least a portion of these wines often sees vinification in oak, they are nonetheless impressively aromatic. They are also broad on the palate with good weight, yet their acidity is so cr... Read More

    From the article Innovation Sweeping South Africa: Get Thirsty!


  • Box wine, depending on who you ask, is either the future of wine or the ugly ... Veltliner, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc,  and more -- which is a sure conversation starter in and of itself. Retailing for around $17 and clocking in at 13.5% alcohol, don't let the whimsical packaging lure you into thinking that ther... Read More

    From the article Don't Belittle the Box Wine!


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Quattro 2013

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    One of the few wineries in the region using the real German varietals - not just sturdier hybrids - this blend lets their natural sweetness shine. Subtle and honeyed, but still fairly simple. It's their crowd pleaser. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Viognier 2013

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    A higher RS than your typical Viognier. Unusual orange notes and a very rich, creamy mouthfeel make this the equivalent of drinking a Creamsicle. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery A6 2012

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    Reversing the traditional treatments for its varietals, the Viognier is aged in oak and the Chardonnay is entirely steel fermented, giving a nice medium weight and strong fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Flying Fox Vineyard Viognier 2013

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    Does have some apricot notes, but they're very subtle. I'm more accustomed to a Viognier with stone fruits leaping out of the glass. Strong acidity from a year with lots of cloud cover. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Two very enjoyable evenings, OT.  We are planning to be up there, again, ... ... that included Lagrein, Viognier (one of the least appreciated wines in this adobe, but, maybe, thiis example will change our minds), Primitivo, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah and Syrah.  OK, I agree, the last two are not too hard to find in California, and, clearly, V... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Source: Recipe courtesy Chef Gabriel Glasier; photo courtesy Collins ... ... deliciously with aromatic Viognier from Miraflores Winery.Wine Pairing: Miraflores ViognierServings: 8 Ingredients:1 large butternut squash2 tablespoons canola oil½ cup shallots, sliced thin2 tablespoons ginger, minced2 tablespoons garlic, sliced thin3 teaspoon red cu... Read More

    From the article Recipe - Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup from Miraflores Winery


  • 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 ...

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