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

  • Narmada Winery Dream 2011

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    Rich, slightly sweet, honeyed citrus. Like, but not for more than one small glass at a time. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Brengman Brothers Block 65 Blend 2012

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    A perfect blend with stone fruit notes, great mouthfeel and a slight sweetness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Brengman


  • Liver what? It’s that great wine region you’ve never heard of. Less ... Blanc, 9% Orange Muscat, 8% Viognier, 5% Pinot Blanc, 4% Semillon, 3% Muscat CanelliVery floral on the nose with some woody spice notes adding sweetness to the core of  peach, nectarine, and  orange marmalade fruit all topped with a hint of oily pine nut. A little residual ... Read More

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  • Miner Viognier 2009

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    A perfect way to turn someone onto the viognier grape: Delicious bright banana and mango, unctuous texture. Bright and happy. A great summer afternoon wine. Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • There is still an offer from Cold Heaven wines, all 100% Viognier..worth checking out Read More

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  • Did anybody go berserk on Berserker Day over on the Wine Berserkers website? I pulled the trigger on a three pack of Super Tuscan style reds from Kaella Winery based out of Woodinville.  This one is 86% Sangiovese, 7% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon.  The grapes are sourced from Ciel du Cheval, Conor Lee and Ambassador .  Three outstanding vine... Read More

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  • Murrieta's Well the Whip 2012

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    43% Chardonnay, 15% Gewurztraminer, 13% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Orange Muscat, 8% Viognier, 5% Pinot Blanc, 4% Semillon, 3% Muscat CanelliVery floral on the nose with some woody spice notes adding sweetness to the core of peach, nectarine, and orange marmalade fruit all topped with a hint of oily pine nut. A little residual sugar makes this somewh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I would love to be the SA wine cheerleader:) My all time favorite is Spice ... ... Wolf Trap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier. Petit Chenin Blanc, Petit Pinotage, The Game Reserve Cabernet. Those are just a few off the top of my headI guess my every day go to wines are Morrow Bay Cabernet from CA, and  90+Cellars Pinot Noi Read More

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  • Hi, Just wanted to introduce myself, I am a total newbie:) I love South African wine. I love a lot of wines:) But SA is my fav. Read More

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  • E. Guigal Lieu-Dit Blanc 2011

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    Wine review by Kimma B


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