The Viognier white wine grape is an indigenous French grape variety. It has become increasingly popular in recent decades. Viognier has many admirers outside France too, for example in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America, as well as in various European countries.
Viognier – top wines from France
Viognier grapes are grown predominantly in the northern Côtes du Rhône – where they are made into some of France’s most expensive white wines (Condrieu and Château Grillet). The mid-ripening grapes do not produce very high yields, are susceptible to powdery mildew and require a lot of work on the winegrower’s part.
Nevertheless, this white wine grape is enjoying ever greater popularity thanks to its distinctive flavour. Besides France, smaller plantings of Viognier may be found in many countries, for example in Germany, Portugal,Argentina and Australia. In the USA – and especially in California – Viognier is likewise increasingly being cultivated and vinified to make premium wines.
Wine from Viognier grapes is deep yellow in colour, has a high alcohol content and offers attractive aromas of apricot, peach and pear. Viognier is seldom made as a varietal wine, but rather is mostly used to add an exotic touch to blends. Viognier wines also have ageing potential.