Viognier (pronounced vee-oh-nyay) is most famous for producing the rich and exotically perfumed white wines in the Condrieu and Château-Grillet regions of northern Rhône. It was presumed to have been transported there from Dalmatia by Emperor Probus in AD 281.
Viognier is a sacred find that only the most patient and skilled of vintners may coax to life. The major demise the varietal faces is its extremely low yield. Like many other varietals, Viognier must reach a peak of maturity in order to display its extraordinary aroma and flavor character. Currently, there are approximately 2500 acres of Viognier planted in France and 2,000 acres planted in California.
Viognier can be rich, full-bodied and lush with distinctive aromas of peaches, apricots, orange blossoms and honeysuckle.