New Summer White Wine: Viognier
Voigner (pronounced VEE-OHN-YAY) is a grape varietal from the Rhône Valley in France.
Outside of the Rhône, Viognier can be found in regions of North and South America as well as Australia and New Zealand. In some wine regions, the variety is co-fermented with the red wine grape Syrah where it can contribute to the color and bouquet of the wine.
Like Chardonnay, Viognier has the potential to produce full-bodied wines with a lush, soft character which makes it a nice winter white that hints at the upcoming Spring time.
In contrast to Chardonnay, the Viognier varietal has more natural aromatics that include notes of peach, pears, violets and fresh minerality.