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Viognier: Top-scoring wines to discover

To celebrate International Viognier Day, discover 15 award-winning wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards to try.

Aromatic Viognier has characteristic aromas and flavours of white blossom, jasmine and stone fruits, and with a powerful and rich body, it offers a delicious alternative to Chardonnay.

Originating from the Rhône Valley, plantings of Viognier can be found globally from France and Italy to Greece, China and even India.

Results from the 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards attest with seven countries awarded top scores for varietal Viognier wines, including a Gold win for Domain du Chêne’s Condrieu 2020, described as ‘impeccable’ with plenty of familiar varietal features by the expert judges.

This International Viognier Day, discover a range of top-scoring Viognier wines from around the world with these DWWA 2022 medal winners…

Viognier: Top-scoring wines to discover

Australia

Yalumba, The Virgilius, Eden Valley, South Australia 2019

Silver, 93 points
Smoky, spicy and slightly toasty on the nose. Refined peach, apricot fruits are emerging and richness and drive carry on to a long and dry finish. Needs time, but already an attractive style. Alc 13.5%

Yalumba, Samuel’s Collection, Eden Valley, South Australia 2020

Silver, 91 points
Lovely perfume and aromatics-tropical yet dry and fresh. Tense and refined lemon curd palate with a creamy feel. Alc 14%

China

Domaine Charme, Helan Mountain East, Ningxia 2020

Silver, 91 points
Very fragrant notes of elderflower, white peach , fresh apricot and a light savoury touch. Fresh and light mouthfeel. Alc 13.5%

France

Rhône

Domaine du Chêne, Condrieu 2020

Gold, 96 points
Ripe, pure, tangy, expressive and deeply fruited with great depth and a lovely expression of white peach and citrus fruit. Intense, creamy and spiced with well-integrated oak/alcohol and a very long and satisfying finish. Neat and very true with plenty of familiar varietal features all through. Impeccable. Alc 14%

Roland Grangier, Condrieu 2020

Gold, 95 points
Beautifully expressive bouquet offering loads of lemon verbena, ripe peach and orange blossom. Gentle acidity, but classic for Condrieu, with well-integrated oak. Fresh, creamy and deftly put together with notes of yoghurt, peach and flowers. Poise, length and finesse. In superb shape from every viewpoint. A seriously lovely bottle. Alc 14%

Maison Castel, Séries Limitées Chap.3 Au-Delà de la Brume, Condrieu 2019

Silver, 94 points
Early evolution of creamy ripe peachy fruit. Textural and true to its origins with plenty of fat and intensity. Explosive Condrieu! Shouts of its roots. Alc 13.5%

Domaine Verzier, Authentic, Condrieu 2020

Silver, 93 points
Deep, rich and ripe with a focussed peach nose. Textured, creamy and yet fresh with telling acidity ensuring overall poise. Convincing finish too. Lovely! Alc 13.5%

Domaine Richard, M de Martial, Condrieu 2020

Silver, 92 points
Fresh and finely focused white peach skin, citrus and floral nose. Rich, ripe and intense, the acidity holding weight of the fruit in check. Long finish. Alc 15%

Vidal-Fleury, Condrieu 2019

Silver, 92 points
White peach and floral nose. Ample, creamy and intense palate with ample weight and a lovely richness. A superb expression. Alc 14.5%

Languedoc-Roussillon

Château Saint Ferréol, Grande Réserve, IGP Pays d’Oc 2019

Silver, 90 points
Attractive nose of physalis, acacia, honey melon and pear. Opulent, creamy in the mouth, citrus zest and some spice complexity. Alc 13.5%

Greece

Ktima Gerovassiliou, Viognier, Epanomi, Macedonia 2021

Silver, 90 points
The nose is quite herbaceous, showcasing cut grass, thyme and citrus leaves. Very juicy and refreshing on the finish. Alc 13.5%

India

Sula Vineyards, Dindori Reserve, Nashik, Maharashtra 2021

Silver, 90 points
Lovely bouquet of small white flowers, a pinch of spice and honeyed tropical fruit. Vibrant refreshing acidity on the finish. Alc 13%

Italy

Le Palaie, V., Toscana, Tuscany 2021

Silver, 90 points
Pretty peach and honeysuckle aromas speak of Viognier. A dry palate opens with lots of freshness and delicious peachy flavours. Alc 13.5%

South Africa

Ridgeback, Paarl 2021

Silver, 93 points
Bright apricot, peach, orange rind/blossom, and jasmine are nicely supported by oak spice richness. Complex, oily and full-bodied. Well-measured. Alc 13.5%

Flagstone, Word of Mouth, Stellenbosch 2020

Silver, 90 points
Peach stones, spring blossoms, rose water, and crushed stone. The flinty palate has glycerol viscosity which finishes bright and refreshing. Alc 14.1%


See all DWWA 2022 award-winning Viognier wines


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