Viognier Wines

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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This white wine grape has its primary home in the Rhone Valley in France. Specifically, the most famous examples of Viognier wines come from the Condrieu appellation. Many fine wines are made by Viognier grapes, but to date, they have not really caught on in popularity. But that, it seems, is about to change.

Viognier: A Rising Star, Pulled From the Edge of Extinction

New World winemakers, as well as those in the Langeudoc region of France, have been increasing their Viognier planting, with very nice results. Some of the more well-informed say that Viognier is poised to become "the new Chardonnay." It's a good thing, too, as some wine experts say the Viognier grape was on the verge of extinction due to lack of wine-drinker interest.

Despite it being deemed "the new Chardonnay, there is a difference between Viognier and Chardonnay. Viognier produces a smaller yield per acre. This fact bears heavily on the final price of this fine wine. That said, a person shouldn't expect to find a cheap bottle of Viognier!

Viognier wines are praised for being interesting and food friendly. They are also posing an alternative to the ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. While offering the same potential for full body as Chardonnay, Viognier offers its own flavors and texture.

Viognier wine grapes are small, deeply colored, and produce golden, full bodied whites. When aged in steel, the fruity qualities are enhanced, and feature strong apricot, peach and flower fragrances and flavors. When aged in wood, these natural flavors are enhanced and made more complex. Viognier wines, regardless of their aging method, are best drunk young, and served around 50 degrees.


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