#NWTW Week 17: Viognier, France (Part One)

Cheers to Ant for kicking off Week 17!

Confessions of a Wine Geek

This week’s #newwinethisweek selection is a bit of a Phoenix from the flames story; back in the mid 1980’s records showed there was only 32 hectares of Viognier planted in the entire world! These days it has become a bit of a dinner party favourite and is grown all over the planet.

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We are focussing on France this week… if it goes down well we’ll investigate other regions later on this year. The real heartland of Viognier is in the Northern Rhone, in the appellation of Condrieu, where most of the 32 hectares were planted back in 1985; today there are over 100 hectares planted on the steep, terraced slopes. These wines often show their best after 5 to 10 years in bottle and certainly don’t come cheap.

There is also a very interesting appellation just south of Condrieu called Chateau Grillet. The entire appellations is owned by a single…

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