(Vee-ohn-yay) - Long a seldom-seen grape used only in the rather rare French Condrieu and Chateau-Grillet, this white grape is gaining considerable attention as a varietal in California and, now, Southern France. It makes a light, lean wine with a very characteristic floral scent, not meant for aging but best consumed early.
Semi-classic grape varietal grown in the northern Rhone region of France. Has full, spicy flavors somewhat reminiscent of the Muscat grape and violets. New plantings in California have created much anticipation among that States wine community. Viognier can vary from almost Riesling-like character to almost Chardonnay character, depending on production method.
a fabulous wine grown largely in the Rhone valley
Originally from the northern Rhône Valley in France, Viognier is now being planted and harvested in California. The wine is medium to full-bodied and very fruity. Most Viogniers have the distinguishing characteristic of apricot and peach aromas. The wines should be drunk young.
Another Rhone grape making a strong foothold in California, this white grape produces floral, spicy and in many cases very complex wines.
White varietal grown in the northern Rhone region of France and in California and Australia. Makes a wine that has the weight of Chardonnay, but floral notes not unlike Riesling.
A white grape of the northern Rhone region of France, producing the Condrieu wine. Now grown successfully in California, it produces an aromatic white with medium body and low acidity. Dry but fruity, it can seem slightly sweet with hints of peach.
a white grape variety. One of the world's most exotic white wine varieties with its perfumed nose of honey, stone fruits and tropical flowers. Can be quite lush and seductive in the mouth as well.
(vee-oh-n yay) A White grape variety. One of the world's most exotic white wine varieties with its perfumed nose of honey, stone fruits and tropical flavors.
increasingly popular white grape of the Rh?ne, used for the famed Condrieu .
Viognier is a white wine grape. It was once a fairly common, and then rare white grape grown almost exclusively in the northern RhÃ´ne regions of France. Viognier (pronounced vee-own-YAY) has been planted much more extensively around the world since the early 1990s.