The origin of Viognier like the most ancient varieties is unknown. Probably comes from Dalmatia and was brought to Rhône by the Romans. There are two theories about the name of the variety. The first godfather of the variety is the town of Vienne in the Rhône Valley, an important Roman garrison. The second states that the name comes from the Roman pronunciation "via Gehennae", meaning "road to hell", which is not so amazing, considering the difficulties in growing the variety.

Viognier needs a warm climate and is resistant to drought, but very strongly susceptible to powdery mildew. It produces low and unstable yield. The harvest time should be considered very carefully. If harvested too early or too late vine fails to develop its specific aromatic components. The deep gold color of the cluster is transmitted to the wine, which is with intense, rich color and high alcohol percentage. The nose features a unique aroma of apricot, peach and flowers (violets, acacia) and powerful body - with crisp notes of peach and dried apricot.

Wines from Viognier may seem strange and contradictory to those unfamiliar with them. First comes the golden color even in young wines, after that the intense floral fruity fragrance which with the color hints for sweet body. But the body is remarkably dry with a variety of flavors, among which clearly dominates that of the peach.


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