Viognier (pronounced vee-oh-nyay) is most famous for producing the rich and exotically perfumed white wines in the Condrieu and Château-Grillet regions of northern Rhône.
Viognier is a sacred find that only the most patient and skilled of vintners may coax to life. The major challenge the varietal faces is its extremely low yield. Like many other varietals, Viognier must reach a peak of maturity in order to display its extraordinary aroma and flavor character. Always our last grape in, it has been known to hang on the vine even after leaves are gone, sometimes giving it a slight blush color as the grapes get sunburned without their leafy protection.
Palouse Winery sources our Viognier from Crawford Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, which is a part of the flood-shaped, volcanic landscape of the Columbia Valley. Ancient soils of basalt are overlaid with a topsoil of sandy loam, deposited over time by ancient floods and the region’s strong winds.
Our Viognier is rich and lush, a white wine for red wine drinkers. This golden nectar is full-bodied with distinctive aromas of peaches, apricots, orange blossoms and honeysuckle. Enjoy this terrific vintage with roasted chicken, rich cheeses, and Indian food.