Originally from the Northern Rhône, Viognier produces very fine, perfumed wines. Viognier wines are known for their attractive aromas of apricot, grapefruit zest, honeysuckle, white flowers (jasmine, acacia), chamomile and green tea. It’s typical for even a bone-dry Viognier wine to have a pleasant illusion of sweetness.
Viognier performs exceptionally well in the dry, sunny Mediterranean climate of Maremma in Toscana. Fine, age-worthy Tuscan Viognier wines are matured in barriques. This grape responds well to oak, gaining complex aromas of dried stone fruit, ginger and almonds. In Sicily, Viognier is produced in a cleaner, unoaked style, and can often be found in blends with Sicilian grapes.
Read our Guide to Italian Viognier wine.