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Aromatic and Elegant—is Viognier the Go-To Wine for Fall?

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Today, Viognier production in the northern Rhône has risen a hundredfold—from eight acres (3 ha) of planting 50 years ago to a current high of 740 acres (300 ha). But it hasn’t always seen the same results in the South of France and the New World.

Sagaria explains that this is often due to the difficulties of replicating the varietal’s ideal terroir. “The northern Rhône is known for its diurnal shift, as well as its granite and slope. In New World regions, where the ripeness is much greater, the wine takes on the tropical fruit notes but can also lose finesse.”

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