In France’s Rhône Valley, there are 10 white grape varieties. In the Pacific Northwest, by far the most popular is Viognier.
Its ancestral home is Condrieu in the northern Rhône. In fact, Viognier is the only grape allowed in that region.
Like Syrah, Viognier tends to be a low-acid, high-pH wine, so finding one with good brightness can be a task. Fortunately, in cooler climates, Viognier can thrive.
Here are a few luscious Viogniers we’ve tasted recently from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Idaho.