Study Guides > Varieties > Viognier

Signature Styles & Characteristics

Although any grape can be interpreted in innovative and at times, outlying styles, the following chart/graphic represents the preponderance of what you will find California’s winemakers producing.

  • Dryness/Residual Sugar

    Viognier: 35 percent on a scale from Dry to of Dryness/Residual Sugar.

  • Acid (Potential)

    Viognier: 75 percent on a scale from Low to High of Acid (Potential).

  • Alcohol (Potential)

    Viognier: 100 percent on a scale from Low to High of Alcohol (Potential).

  • Body (weight on palate)

    Viognier: 100 percent on a scale from Light to Full of Body (weight on palate).

  • Texture

    Viognier: 100 percent on a scale from Round, smooth, and creamy (still) to of Texture.


Influenced by climate, terroir, clonal selection, and winemaking.

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    Fruit and Vegetable

    Lemon, lime, citrus zest, pear skin, peach or peach skin, nectarine, apricot, tangerine, marmalade, yellow plum, blood orange, golden apple, candied citrus, marmalade, blond tobacco, white tea.
  • Floral


    Citrus blossom, violet, narcissus, wildflower, honeysuckle, gardenia, acacia, tea, musk.
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    Petroleum, mineral, stone
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    Wood (Oak)

    Vanilla, almond, nougat, toast
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    Star anise, sweet cream/condensed milk, honey, plain yogurt, pink peppercorn, cardamom.


N/A; however, resulting wines can be slightly phenolic due to intentional skin contact and/or new oak


1-6 years, pedigree-dependent; consensus is to enjoy younger