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Viognier's home is France, especially in the northern Rhône Valley regions of Condrieu and Château-Grillet (the latter has just ten acres and one owner), where it's the only white grape used and produces magnificently fragrant, voluptuous and expensive wines. It's also grown in Languedoc, Roussillon, Provence, Australia, Brazil, California, Oregon and Washington.

The grape is difficult to grow because its prone to mildew and produces small yields. If left to overripen, it will have a bland, winery taste and high alcohol.

Signature aromas include ripe apricots, orange blossoms, peaches, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi, tangerine, honeysuckle, spring blossoms, musk and acacia.

My reviews of these  Viognier white wines are updated weekly. These Viognier white wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Viognier wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Viognier in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Fairview Viognier 2010
Fairview Viognier 2010

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2016

 

LCBO: 906487  Check Stock

BC: 633172  Check Stock

SAQ: 10745559  Check Stock

Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay Viognier 2010
Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay Viognier 2010

Mendoza, Argentina

Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015

 

LCBO: 262097  Check Stock

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2008
Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2008

South Australia, Australia

Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2015

 

LCBO: 624502  Check Stock

BC: 624502  Check Stock

SAQ: 11133811  224 in stock

McManis Family Vineyards Viognier 2011
McManis Family Vineyards Viognier 2011

California, United States

Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016

 

LCBO: 658112  Check Stock

BC: 207779  Check Stock

Domaine Des Aspes Viognier 2008
Domaine Des Aspes Viognier 2008

Vin De Pays D'oc, Midi, France

Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml

 

LCBO: 712638  Check Stock


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Viognier

Viognier often has a viscous, opulent, creamy texture, even without oak aging. With oak aging, it also has notes of butter, cream, oak, smoke, tobacco and toast. Late-harvest and dessert styles have deeply ripe tropical fruit aromas.

Viognier is as intensely aromatic as Gewürztraminer and suffers the same problem of being difficult to pronounce. To wit: VEE-ohn-yay.

Viognier is often blended with other white grapes, such as Marsanne, Rousanne, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Sometimes, Viognier is blended with Syrah in the Rhône Valley's Côte Rotie or with Shiraz in Australia to soften the red wine and to give it an aromatic lift. This "seasoning" of about five percent of Viognier also helps stablize the wine's color and enrichs its texture.

Viognier is best consumed young, no more than three to four years after its vintage date before its heady, hedonistic fragrance fades. The exceptions are those made in the Condrieu and Château-Grillet, which can age for decades because they're aged in oak for several months before bottling.

Pair Viognier with mild curries, shellfish, ham, poultry, oily nuts, Emmental cheese, sashimi, sushi, lamb, butternut squash risotto, pork chops, lobster thermidore, carrot soup and roast vegetables.

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