Viognier is a rare grape brought to Condrieu, on the northern Rhône, over 2,000 years ago by the Romans or Greeks. It can now be predominantly found in the Rhône valley and California although it was only planted in California a mere 20 years ago. Viognier is very difficult to grow and therefore is only used by few vineyards.
Viognier is becoming a favored white wine, as its complexity and depth of character is greater than the current favorite white wine, Chardonnay. Viognier is noted for spice, citrus, floral, apple, apricot and peach flavors. It typically produces medium bodied wines with relatively high acids and fruit.
With aging Viognier tends to loose some of its fruity aromatic strength. This full rich wine is best drunk young.