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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.

Michel Gassier Les Piliers Viognier 2013
Michel Gassier Les Piliers Viognier 2013

Vin De Pays D'oc, Midi, France

Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2017

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LCBO: 669531  Check Stock

SAQ: 10936785  Check Stock

Guillaume Aurèle Viognier 2013
Guillaume Aurèle Viognier 2013

Pays D'oc, Midi I.G.P., France

Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016

Scrumptious Seafood Wine

 

LCBO: 380741  Check Stock

Cono Sur Vision Viognier 20010
Cono Sur Vision Viognier 20010

Colchagua Valley, Chile

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

 

LCBO: 671131  Check Stock

SAQ: 10694296  Check Stock

Innsikillin Discovery Series Viognier Gewurztraminer 2014
Innsikillin Discovery Series Viognier Gewurztraminer 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2014‐2017

 

LCBO: 80028898  Check Stock

Emiliana Signos De Origen La Vinilla Chardonnay Viognier Marsanne Roussanne 2010
Emiliana Signos De Origen La Vinilla Chardonnay Viognier Marsanne Roussanne 2010

Casablanca Valley, Chile

Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015

 

LCBO: 63909  643 in stock

SAQ: 11639037  Check Stock

NSLC: 1015900


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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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