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Viognier

About Viognier

In the vineyard, Viognier grapes are deep yellow, yielding a white wine that is equally deep in color. The variety prefers warm climates and requires a long growing season, though it has also been known to thrive in cooler climates. It is extremely prone to powdery mildew and is known for both low and unpredictable yields.

This highly aromatic variety is often associated with aromas and flavors of apricot, peach and flower blossoms. The wines are medium to full in body, low in acidity and are often described as having an oily texture.

France

Most widely planted in France, and specifically in the Rh么ne Valley, Viognier is the only grape permitted in the production of Condrieu and the monopole Ch芒teau Grillet, in the northern Rh么ne Valley. The grape is also permitted in red wine appellation of C么te-R么tie in the Northern Rh么ne, where it can comprise up to 20% of the blend.

In the Southern Rh么ne, Viognier is often blended with Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc to produce white wine blends.

In addition to the Rh么ne, Viognier is grown in the Languedoc region of Southern France.

Global Production

Viognier does not have much Old World presence outside of France, although it is grown in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. In the United States, winemakers in California鈥檚 Central Coast have had success with the grape. The so-called Rh么ne Rangers鈥攚inemakers known for introducing Rh么ne varieties to California鈥攈ave been growing Viognier in California for decades. The grape is also widely planted in Virginia, where it has built a reputation as one of the state鈥檚 signature varieties.

Synonyms: Barbin, Bergeron, Galopine, Greffou, Petit Viognier, Petit Vionnier, Picotin Blanc, Rebelot, Viogne, Vionnier, Vugava Bijela

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