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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  • Currently studying in Virginia, I've had the pleasure of vineyard hopping in the Shenandoah Valley. While eager to support my local economy and join the ranks of Virginia wine lovers, I have noticed something rather unpleasant about nearly all the Virginia reds I've tasted. Every one of them smells of damp gym bags. I kid you not. I feel lik... Read More

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  • Cline Cellars Viognier Sonoma County 2007


    Had this with scallops and REALLY liked it. Don't generally like white wines, but this had a great nose and wonderful freshness. Read More

    Wine review by DB107

  • Domaine Coudoulet Viognier Vin de Pays d'Oc 2008


    Supple and lovely. Read More

    Wine review by Chez Loulou

  • Kumkani Vvs 2007


    stonkingly good complexity and superb balance/intensity coupled with a fascinating aroma from an unusal mix of grapes Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • This thing followed a bottle of the 1985 Dominus- and did NOT fair badly, at ALL.Stopped us right in our tracks.!!I dropped a review in there for it as well. If you're a Virginia red skeptic, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on some of this stuff. To me, at least, this is the kind of ... Read More

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  • Pie de Palo Viognier 2008


    i found this wine to be a surprising pleasure for under ten bucks. The medium body is wonderfully round and carries stoney fruits and some soft tropical notes into the nose. It's something to come back to again and again! Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • The Chocolate Block 2007


    Syrah 55%, Grenache Noir 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 16%, Cinsault 5%, Viognier 4%. Production just 586 barrels. 14.5% Alcohol.Served slightly chilled in the warmth of South Africa I also chilled it briefly back in a, significantly cooler, UK to the wines benefit. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Chateau l'Ermitage Cuvée Tradition Blanc 2007


    Mainly Roussane with some Grenache and a tiny bit of Viognier, this is a lovely white wine that could easily become my summer quaffer. Fruity with a little floral. Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot

  • Mas des Bressades White Rhone Blend Vin de Pays du Gard Roussanne Viognier 2007


    Viognier is a grape I adore, but it often seems tricky to produce without it coming across as flabby (much like examples from California).Awesome floral nose with tart fruit flavors. Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot

  • Tatachilla Mclaren Vale Shiraz Viognier 2006


    Seriously good Shiraz for the money Read More

    Wine review by jockstrap

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