Viognier is an aromatic grape variety known for producing textural white wines with strong stone-fruit flavors. On the nose Viognier wines can be very floral, showing lavender and pollen aromas that are quite honeyed in sweeter examples. Apricots are the variety’s classic flavor association, often with a richness that can be interpreted as ripe peach.
In the late 1960's just 40 acres (16ha) of Viognier vines were all that remained in the world. It took interest from the Yalumba winery, in Australia's Eden Valley, to breathe the first signs of life back into the variety, along with a handful of enterprising wine growers in California (notably Calera in the Mount Harlan AVA). During the 21st Century, Viognier h ... more
The Monferrato area consists of a series of hills below the River Po in the south-east corner of Piedmont, in north-western Italy. Like Langhe, this zone received its own DOC in 1994 and follows similar relaxed rules allowing the blending of native varieties with international grapes. These wines are sold under the labels Monferrato Rosso and Monferrato Bianco.
Piedmont (Piemonte in Italian), in the north-western corner of the Italian Peninsula, is arguably Italy's finest wine region. It sits at the foot of the Western Alps, which encircle the region to the north and west, forming Italy's naturally formidable border with France. To its southeast lie the northernmost Apennine Mountains – ... more
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