Wine Grapes: Viognier


Pronunciation: Vee-oh-nyay

Planted in: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Israel, USA, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay,
Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa


Viognier is a variety from the northern Rhône in France, probably from the Condrieu and Ampuis wine regions… The name Viognier supposedly derives from the French viorne, meaning ‘viburnum’, but this etymology is doubtful.

Early budding and therefore at risk from spring frosts, and mid ripening. Generally trellised as it is sometimes susceptible to wind, and pruned fairly long. Traditionally grown on acid soils but also adaptable to warmer regions as long as there is no water stress. Long, compact bunches, with small, thick-skinned berries and reasonably good resistance to botrytis bunch rot. The juice is often high in sugar but low in acidity.


Source: Wine Grapes 
A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavors
Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Jose Vouillamouz
Published by the Penguin Group

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