Viognier White Wine Variety

Shiraz Viognier

Viognier is increasingly popular as the white partner in co-pigmentation with Shiraz. Only a small proportion of the white grapes is used. One Shiraz winemaker from Heathcote district in Central Victoria reckons that just two percent of Viognier is the optimum amount for his Shiraz. Other makers are using between five and fifteen percent.

During fermentation the flavour and colour compounds of the two varieties combine. The result is greater depth of flavour and a brighter colour.

More about Shiraz Viognier...

The Viognier wine variety is making a huge impact on the Australian wine industry.

It is used to make varietal white wines, in white wine blends, often with other Rhone whites such as Marsanne and Roussanne, and also as a component of the red wine Shiraz Viognier. See right.

If you are becoming a little jaded by Chardonnay and can't quite cop the aggressive characters in Sauvignon blanc then this variety may be the drink for you.

History of the Viognier Variety

The Viognier white grape variety was rescued from near extinction just a few decades ago and is now one of the hottest varietals going around.

A Food Pairing for Viognier

My friend Kim Steele has a wonderful website called Easy French Food.

One recipe in her collection that has caught my eye is for Poulet à l'orange - Orange chicken with fennel and onions. This is a richer dish in the French style that would be well matched with a fuller bodied Viognier wine.

Legend has it that the variety was introduced, along with Syrah, to the Rhone Valley during the Roman occupation.

After two millennia of barbarian invasions, dark ages, wars, changes in fashion and the ravages of time just a few hectares of Viognier were left by the 1960s. It occupied a small corner of the Rhone around Condrieu where it made cult wines known only to a small group of enthusiasts.

But the word about this almost forgotten variety got out and thanks to modern viticultural techniques Viognier is now widely planted in other French wine regions such as the Languedoc and Ardeche. It has also found its way to vineyards in Italy, California and Australia.

Viognier's future in the Rhone, and the rest of the world is now assured.

The Taste of Viognier Wines

The wines made from the variety are at their best rich and sensual, in a word voluptuous.

Viognier grapes tend to ripen quickly so that the timing of harveat is critical. If the grape are picked early then a lighter bodied wine with peachy, apricot flavours can be made. If the grapes are picked a little later then the wine can be quite a different style, heavier and dominated by the phenolics, more like an Australian Chardonnay.

Australian Wineries Using Viognier

Alan and Veitch Adelaide Hills | Albert River Queensland Coastal | Aldinga Bay McLaren Vale | Alkoomi Frankland River | Allies Wines Mornington Peninsula | Allusion Wines Southern Fleurieu | Amulet Vineyard Beechworth | Anderson Winery Rutherglen | Andrew Peace Wines Swan Hill | Angoves Winery Riverland | Angullong Wines Orange | Ansted and Co Bendigo | Arakoon McLaren Vale | Artwine Clare Valley | Arundel Sunbury | Austin's Wines Geelong | Avonmore Estate Bendigo | Badgers Brook Yarra Valley Yarra Valley | Bago Vineyards Hastings River | Balgownie Estate Bendigo | Ballabourneen Wines Hunter Valley | Ballandeen Estate Granite Belt | Ballinaclash Wines Hilltops | Balthazar Barossa Valley | Barley Stacks Wines The Peninsulas Zone | Bartagunyah Estate Southern Flinders Region | Barton Estate Canberra | Barwick Wines Margaret River | Battely Wines Beechworth | Battle of Bosworth Wines McLaren Vale | Battunga Vineyards Adelaide Hills | Beelgara Estate Riverina | Belgrave Park Winery South Coast Zone | Belgravia Vineyards Orange | Bellarine Estate Geelong | Berton Vineyards Riverina | Bimbadgen Estate Hunter Valley | Binbilla Hilltops | Biscay Wines Barossa Valley | Blamires Butterfly Crossing Bendigo | Blue Metal Vineyard Southern Highlands | Blue Poles Vineyard Margaret River | Blue Pyrenees Estate Pyrenees | Blue Rock Eden Valley | Boat O'Craigo Yarra Valley | Boireann Granite Belt | Box Grove Vineyard Nagambie Lakes | Boyntons Feathertop Alpine Valleys | Brammar Estate Yarra Valley | Brave Goose Vineyard Goulburn Valley | Brindabella Hills Canberra | Brokenwood Wines Hunter Valley | Brookhampton Estate Geographe | Brown Brothers King Valley | Burnbrae Winery Mudgee | By Farr Geelong | Calais Estate Hunter Valley | Camp Road Estate Hunter Valley | Campbells Wines Rutherglen | Cape Mentelle Margaret River | Capel Vale Geographe | Carickalinga Creek Southern Fleurieu | Carilley Estate Swan Valley | Carlaminda Estate Geographe | Cascabel McLaren Vale | Casella Riverina | Castagna Vineyard Beechworth | Ceres Bridge Estate Geelong | Chain of Ponds Adelaide Hills | Chalice Bridge Estate Margaret River | Chalmers Murray Darling | Charlies Estate Wines Swan Valley | Chateau Mildura Murray Darling | Chateau Pato Hunter Valley | Ciavarella King Valley | Circo V King Valley | Clarnette And Ludvigsen Grampians | Claymore Wines Clare Valley | Clonakilla Canberra | Coates Wines McLaren Vale | Cobaw Ridge Macedon Ranges | Condie Heathcote | Conte Estate Wines McLaren Vale | Coombe Farm Vineyard Yarra Valley | Counterpoint Vineyard Pyrenees | Cow Hill Beechworth | Craneford Barossa Valley | Creed of Barossa Barossa Valley | Cupitt's Winery Shoalhaven Coast | Currans Family Wines Murray Darling | Currency Creek Currency Creek | Cypress Post Granite Belt | D'Arenberg McLaren Vale | Darling Park Mornington Peninsula | David Hook Wines Hunter Valley | David Treager Nagambie Lakes | De Beaurepaire Wines Mudgee | de Mestre Wines Mudgee | Deakin Estate Murray Darling | Deetswood Wines New England | Diamond Valley Vineyards Yarra Valley | Djinta Djinta Gippsland | DogRidge McLaren Vale | Domain Day Barossa Valley | Domaine Asmara Heathcote | Dos Rios Swan Hill | Dowie Doole McLaren Vale | Drakesbrook Wines Peel | Dudley Kangaroo Island | Dyson Wines McLaren Vale | Eaglerange Wines Alpine Valleys | Eden Hall Canberra | Edgecombe Orange | Elgee Park Mornington Peninsula | Ellis Wines Heathcote | Even Keel Wines Canberra | Farrell Estate Murray Darling | Fighting Gully Road Beechworth | First Creek Hunter Valley | Flying Duck Estate King Valley | Flynn's Wines Heathcote | Foggo Wines McLaren Vale | Fonty's Pool Vineyards Pemberton | Fowles Wine Strathbogie Ranges | Fox Gordon Barossa Valley | Francois Jacquard Perth Hills | Frankland Estate Frankland River | Freeman Vineyards Hilltops | Galli Estate Sunbury | Galvanized Wine Group McLaren Vale | Geddes Wines McLaren Vale | Gelland Estate Mudgee | Gemtree Vineyards McLaren Vale | Geoff Merrill McLaren Vale | Gherardi Wines Margaret River | Ghost Riders Vineyard Hunter Valley | Giant Steps Yarra Valley | Glandore Estate Hunter Valley | Goombaronga Park Alpine Valleys | Grant Burge Barossa Valley | Grey Sands Northern Tasmania | Grove Estate Wines Hilltops | Guildford Vineyard Bendigo | Gundowringla Wines Alpine Valleys | Haan Barossa Valley | Hamiltons Bluff Cowra | Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy McLaren Vale | Happs Margaret River | Harris River Estate Geographe | Hartley Estate Perth Hills | Haselgrove McLaren Vale | Hastwell and Lightfoot McLaren Vale | Haywards of Locksley Strathbogie Ranges | Heafod Glen Winery Swan Valley | Heartland Vineyard Hunter Valley | Heartland Wines Limestone Coast Zone | Heathcote Winery Heathcote | Hedberg Hill Orange | Heggies Vineyard Eden Valley | Heidenreich Estate Barossa Valley | Helen's Hill Estate Yarra Valley | Henley Hill Yarra Valley | Henschke Eden Valley | Hently Farm Wines Barossa Valley | Higher Plane Margaret River | Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Barossa Valley | Honey Moon Vineyard Adelaide Hills | Hotham Ridge Winery Peel | House of Certain Views Hunter Valley | Howard Vineyard Adelaide Hills | Hugh Hamilton McLaren Vale | Immerse Yarra Valley | Indigo Wine Company Beechworth | Inkwell McLaren Vale | Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley | Izway Wines Barossa Valley | Jamabro Wines Barossa Valley | Jarrah Ridge Winery Perth Hills | Jeir Creek Canberra | Jimbour Wines Queensland Zone | K1 by Geoff Hardy Adelaide Hills | Kaesler Barossa Valley | Kalgan River Wines Albany | Kalleske Wines Barossa Valley | Kamberra Canberra | Kangarilla Road McLaren Vale | Katoa Wines Heathcote | Kay Bros Amery McLaren Vale | Keith Tulloch Wine Hunter Valley | Kidman Coonawarra Wines Coonawarra | Kilikanoon Clare Valley | Killara Estate Yarra Valley | Kindred Spirit Wines Strathbogie Ranges | King River Estate King Valley | Kingston Estate Riverland | Knotting Hill Vineyard Margaret River | Koltz McLaren Vale | Kouark Gippsland | Ladbroke Grove Coonawarra | Lady Bay Winery Southern Fleurieu | Lambert Estate Barossa Valley | Lamonts Central Western Australian Zone | Landsdowne Vineyard Adelaide Hills | Langanook Wines Bendigo | Langmeil Barossa Valley | Lanzthomson Wines Barossa Valley | Lark Hill Winery Canberra | Lashmar Kangaroo Island | Last Word Wines Clare Valley | Lazy Ballerina McLaren Vale | Lerida Estate Canberra | Lethbridge Wines Geelong | Liebichwein Barossa Valley | Lillian Pemberton | Lilliput Wines Rutherglen | Linda Domas Wines McLaren Vale | Lindenton Wines Heathcote | Lithostylus Gippsland | Little River Wines Swan Valley | Little Wine Company Hunter Valley | Little's Winery Hunter Valley | Logan Wines Mudgee | Long Gully Estate Yarra Valley | Longview Vineyard Adelaide Hills | Louee Wines Mudgee | M. Chapoutier Australia Mount Benson | Macquarie Grove Vineyards Western Plains | Maddens Rise Yarra Valley | Magpie Estate Barossa Valley | Margan Family Hunter Valley | mas serrat Yarra Valley | Mason Wines Granite Belt | Maximus Wines McLaren vale | Maxwell Wines McLaren Vale | McCuskers Vineyard Perth Hills | McHenry Hohnen Margaret River | McIvor Creek Heathcote | McKellar Ridge Canberra | McPherson Wines Nagambie Lakes | Meera Park Hunter Valley | Merum Pemberton | Metier Wines Yarra Valley | Mihi Creek Vineyard New England | Miles from Nowhere Margaret River | Millbrook Winery Perth Hills | Milldale Estate Vineyard Hunter Valley | Mitchelton Nagambie Lakes | Moaning Frog Margaret River | Molly Morgan Vineyard Hunter Valley | Mongrel Vineyard Mudgee | Moppity Vineyards Hilltops | Morrisons of Glenrowan Glenrowan | Mount Appallan Vineyards South Burnett | Mount Avoca Pyrenees | Mount Buffalo Vineyard Alpine Valleys | Mount Burrumboot Estate Heathcote | Mount Camel Ridge Estate Heathcote | Mount Cole Wineworks Grampians | Mount Pilot Estate North East Victoria | Mount Surmon Clare Valley | Mount Trio Vineyard Porongurup | Mountadam Eden Valley | Mr Riggs Wine Company McLaren Vale | Mulyan Cowra | Munari Heathcote | Mundoonen Canberra | Murray Street Vineyard Barossa Valley | Myattsfield Vineyard and Winery Perth Hills | Myrtle Vale Vineyard Upper Goulburn | Nalbra Estate Geelong | Nepenthe Adelaide Hills | Neqtar Wines Murray Darling | Ngeringa Adelaide Hills | Noorilim Estate Goulburn Valley | Normanby Wines Queensland Zone | Nursery Ridge Murray Darling | Oakover Estate Swan Valley | Oatley Wines Mudgee | Oceanview Estates Queensland Coastal | Olivers Taranga McLaren Vale | Optimiste Mudgee | Orange Mountain Orange | Organic Vignerons Australia Riverland | Paracombe Wines Adelaide Hills | Parri Estate Southern Fleurieu | Peel Ridge Peel | Peerick Vineyard Pyrenees | Pelican's Landing Maritime Wines Southern Fleurieu | Pennan Margaret River | Pennyfield Wines Riverland | Penny's Hill McLaren Vale | Pepper Tree Wines Orange | Pepperilly Estate Wines Geographe | Petaluma Adelaide Hills | Petersons Glenesk Estate Mudgee | Pettavel Geelong | Philip Shaw Orange | Phoenix Estate Clare Valley | Piano Gully Manjimup | Pikes Clare Valley | Pimpernel Vineyards Yarra Valley | Pirramimma McLaren Vale | Plan B Margaret River | Poachers Ridge Vineyards Mount Barker | Pondalowie Bendigo | Possums Vineyard McLaren Vale | Pothana Hunter Valley | Prince of Orange Orange | Printhie Wines Orange | Protero Adelaide Hills | Provenance Wines Geelong | Purple Hen Wines Gippsland | Pyren Vineyard Pyrenees | Quartz Hill Vineyard Pyrenees | Racecourse Lane Wines Hunter Valley | Ralph Fowler Wines Mount Benson | Rangemore Estate Darling Downs | Ravensworth Wines Canberra | Redbank Victoria King Valley | Redheads Studio McLaren Vale | Rees Miller Estate Upper Goulburn | Regent Wines Swan Hill | Richard Hamilton Wines McLaren Vale | Ridgemill Estate Granite Belt | Ridgeview Wines Hunter Valley | Riverbank Estate Swan Valley | Robert Johnson Vineyards Eden Valley | Roberts Estate Murray Darling | Rocky Passes Wines Upper Goulburn | Rolf Binder Barossa Valley | Romavilla Roma | Roundstone Winery Yarra Valley | Rowanston on the Track Macedon Ranges | Rowsley Fault Vineyards Geelong | Rudderless Wines McLaren Vale | Rupert's Ridge Estate Heathcote | Rutherglen Estates Rutherglen | Salena Estate Riverland | Salisbury Winery Murray Darling | Saltram Barossa Valley | Sanguine Estate Heathcote | Sarabah Estate Queensland Zone | Sautjan Vineyards Macedon Ranges | Schubert Estate Barossa Valley | Scion Vineyard Rutherglen | Seabrook Wines Barossa Valley | Seven Ochres Margaret River | Sevenhill Wines Clare Valley | Shadowfax Vineyard and Winery Geelong | Shelmerdine Heathcote | Shinas Estate Murray Darling | Shingleback McLaren Vale | Showblock Estate Southern Fleurieu | Sieber Road Wines Barossa Valley | Silverstream Wines Denmark | Simpatico Barossa Valley | Sirromet Queensland Coastal | Smallfry Wines Barossa Valley | Smidge Wines Langhorne Creek | Snobs Creek Wines Upper Goulburn | Solstice Mount Torrens Vineyards Adelaide Hills | Sons of Eden Barossa Valley | Sorby Adams Eden Valley | Soumah Yarra Valley | Southern Highland Wines Southern Highlands | Spence Wines Geelong | Spinifex Barossa Valley | Spoehr Creek Wines Adelaide Hills | St Leonards Rutherglen | Stanton and Killeen Wines Rutherglen | Steinborner Family Vineyards Barossa Valley | Stella Bella Margaret River | Sticks Yarra Valley | Stone Ridge Granite Belt | Stonehaven Padthaway | Stuart Wines Heathcote | Sugarloaf Ridge Southern Tasmania | Sutton Grange Winery Bendigo | Swings & Roundabouts Margaret River | Symphonia King Valley | Symphony Hill Wines Granite Belt | Syrahmi Heathcote | Taemus Wines Canberra | Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes | Tall Poppy Murray Darling | Tallarook Wines Upper Goulburn | Tallis Wine Company Goulburn Valley | Taltarni Pyrenees | Tamar Ridge Northern Tasmania | Tanglewood Vines Blackwood Valley | Tapestry McLaren Vale | Tarrawarra Estate Yarra Valley | Tatachilla McLaren Vale | Tawonga Vineyard Alpine Valleys | Taylors Clare Valley | Telgherry Hunter Valley | Tellurian Heathcote | Temple Bruer Langhorne Creek | Terra Felix Upper Goulburn | T'Gallant Mornington Peninsula | The Islander Estate Vineyards Kangaroo Island | The Lane Adelaide Hills | The Pawn Wine Company Adelaide Hills | The Ritual Peel | The Standish Wine Company Barossa Valley | The Story Wines Grampians | Thomas New England Estate New England | Three Moon Creek Queensland Zone | Tiltili Wines Langhorne Creek | Tim Smith Wines Barossa Valley | Tinklers Hill Beechworth | Tinklers Vineyards Hunter Valley | Toppers Mountain New England | Torbreck Vintners Barossa Valley | Trahna Rutherglen Wines Rutherglen | Trentham Estate Murray Darling | Tulloch Hunter Valley | Turners Crossing Vineyard Bendigo | Two Dorks Estate Heathcote | Two Italian Boys Riverina | Tyrrells Hunter Valley | Valhalla Wines Rutherglen | Vincognita McLaren Vale | Vinea Marson Heathcote | Vinsat Adelaide Hills | Vintara Rutherglen | Voyager Estate Margaret River | W Wine of Mudgee Mudgee | Wakefield Estate Clare | Wallington Wines Cowra | Walter Clappis Wine Co McLaren Vale | Wandoo Farm Central Western Australian Zone | Wanted Man Heathcote | Waratah Vineyard Queensland Zone | Warrego Queensland Zone | Watershed Wines Margaret River | Waurn Ponds Estate Geelong | Wedgetail Ridge Estate Darling Downs | West Cape Howe Wines Denmark | Westend Estate Riverina | Western Range Wines Perth Hills | Westgate Vineyard Grampians | Westlake Vineyards Barossa Valley | Whale Coast Wines Southern Fleurieu | Whicher Ridge Geographe | Whistling Eagle Wines Heathcote | Whitsend Estate Yarra Valley | Whyworry Wines New England | Wildwood Sunbury | Willow Bridge Estate Geographe | Wills Domain Vineyard Margaret River | Willunga 100 Wines McLaren Vale | Winbirra Vineyard Mornington Peninsula | Winewood Granite Belt | Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale | Witches Falls Winery Granite Belt | Wood Block Coonawarra | Wood Park King Valley | Woop Woop Wines McLaren Vale | Wovenfield Geographe | Wrattonbully Vineyards Wrattonbully | Xanadu Margaret River | Yalumba Wine Company Barossa Valley | Yangarra Estate McLaren Vale | Yarra Yarra Yarra Valley | Yarra Yering Yarra Valley | Yarraloch Yarra Valley | Yarrambat Estate Yarra Valley | Yengari Wine Company Beechworth | Yering Station Yarra Valley | Zilzie Wines Murray Darling | Zonte's Footstep Langhorne Creek

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