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About Viognier

What Is Viognier?聽

Pronunciation: VEE-oh-nyay

Viognier is a white-wine grape variety traditionally grown in the Rh么ne Valley of France that makes full-bodied, aromatic, floral and fruity wines. Sometimes blended with other white Rh么ne varieties, Viognier is popular not only in France but around the world.

Viognier grapes are used primarily for dry white wines, and sometimes for sweet, late-harvest styles.

Viognier grapes are yellow to deep gold at harvest time. Viognier grapes聽can develop enough sugar content in warm regions to make wines with alcohol content in the 14% range and relatively low acidity.

Viognier vines are often low yielding and take a lot of attention from vineyard managers. This is primarily due to their susceptibility to powdery mildew, which spreads particularly in humid weather and can ruin the grapes for winemaking.

Viognier wines are usually single-varietals, but the category of white Rh么ne-style blends outside of the Rh么ne Valley uses Viognier together with Marsanne, Roussanne and other white types originating in the Rh么ne. Blends of Chardonnay and Viognier have been popular in Australia and California from time to time.

Viognier Regions

The appellations of Condrieu and Ch芒teau Grillet in the northern Rh么ne Valley are presumed to be the original source of Viognier. These districts limit their vineyards to growing only Viognier. Production there was quite small through the 1970s and Viognier was little known elsewhere in the world until the 1980s.

Today, France聽has sizeable plantings in the Languedoc region. Additionally, Argentina, Chile, California, Australia and New Zealand have plantings as well.聽

Viognier Tasting Notes

Wines made from Viognier vary significantly in aromas and flavors depending on the ripeness of the grapes at harvest time. When the right balance is achieved, Viognier offers vivid floral aromas like honeysuckle or citrus blossoms and ripe and fruity flavors of peaches, pineapples and honey. Viognier wine is more subtle than Gew眉rztraminer but shares the floral expression and tendency to be rich in texture.

Viognier Fun Facts

  1. Winemakers in the Rh么ne Valley and elsewhere often blend a small percentage of Viognier into their red Syrah wines. Fermenting the two grape varieties together helps the Syrah set a deep red color, counter-intuitively, and adds light floral notes.
  2. Virginia was one of the first North American wine regions to emphasize聽Viognier.
  3. Viognier smells sweet to many people but is mostly made as a dry wine with no residual sugar.

Viognier Synonyms

Other names for Viognier include Barbin, Bergeron, Rebolot, Galopine, Greffou, Picotin Blanc, Vionnier, Petiti Vionnier and Viogne.

Viognier Pairs Well With

Scallops with Roasted Fennel and Brown-Buttered Pine Nuts

Yaki Hamaguri (Grilled Cherrystone Clams)

Chilled Asparagus and Scallops with Dill Oil

Hazelnut and Pineapple Baklava with Brie

Seared Scallops en Cro没te with Melted Leeks

Beef Cheeks with Roasted Root Vegetable Jam

Quinoa Salad with Charred Tomato Vinaigrette and Crab

Cauliflower with Ginger and Chinese Parsley

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The History of Rh么ne Valley White Wines

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