One of Spain's higher quality white varieties grown around Rueda where it is sometimes blended with Sauvignon Blanc to add body and richness to Sauvignon's aromatic lift.
Portuguese variety grown in Madeira where it makes a fortified style between Sercial and Bual and grown as a still wine grape in Australia, especially Western Australia.
High quality grape from the eponymous DOC in the Marche region of Italy with good body and faintly spicy flavours. Best examples from the Jesi zone.
Distinctively perfumed Mediterranean white with good acid retention grown in Italy mainly in Sardinia and Liguria, and known in Provence, Languedoc and Corsica as Rolle.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano (white)
This dry white variety's main claim to fame is that it's grown around the picturesque, turreted medieval town of San Gimignano, where it occasionally justifies its promotion to DOCG status.
The 'hottest' of the Rhône Valley trio, which includes Marsanne and Roussanne, Viognier is one of those relatively rare varieties which have been 'discovered' and now everyone wants a slice of the action.
Rippling out from the small appellation of Condrieu and the even tinier one of Château Grillet, the aromatic, powerful viognier with its hallmark blossom scents and apricot and peach-like flavours, has become the darling of Californians, and, latterly Argentina, Australia and the South of France too. It makes powerfully rich, dry whites made for drinking young, offering a delicious alternative style to Chardonnay.
What does it taste like?
- peaches and apricots
- heady scents of jasmine
The hallmark of the VIOGNIER grape is the scent of spring blossom and jasmine and the rich flavours of apricot and peach. Ripening in warm sunshine, it can become quite heady and exotic with spicy undertones and plenty of body. Because of its spiciness sand body, it can be confused in blind tastings with Alsace PINOT GRIS.