Viognier is a white wine grape variety that is known for its distinct floral aromas and rich, full-bodied flavors. It is pronounced "vee-OWN-yay."
What Does Viognier Taste Like?
Viognier is a aromatic white wine grape variety that is known for its rich and complex flavors. The grape has aromas and flavors of apricot, peach, and orange blossom, as well as hints of jasmine, honeysuckle, and other flowers. Viognier wines are typically full-bodied, with a smooth and velvety texture. Texas Viognier if often very aromatic and rich. They are often described as being "oily" in nature, due to their high levels of glycerol.
A Chardonnay Alternative
Like Chardonnay, Viognier can go through malolactic fermentation, a process that is seldom used on white wines. This results in a softer, more rounded flavor and a creamier texture. This treatment can also be used with siblings Roussanne and Marsanne in the Rhone Valley.
Where is Viogner from?
Viognier has been grown in the Rhône Valley for centuries. 50 years ago there was only 35 acres of Viognier in all of France, and now it is nearly every wine region around the world, including Australia, South Africa, and now the United States. California has plantings, yet in both Virginia and Texas it has become very popular.