Most notably known as "Viognier". Grape varietal used in the production of white wine. Originating in the Rhône region of France, small but increasing amounts are grown in the United States (primarily California), Australia, and Brazil. Limited amounts of Viognier are planted throughout the world because the grape is difficult to grow, produces low yields, and is susceptible to disease. All of these facts make Viognier wines rare. Wine connoisseurs search out these wines, craving the intriguing characteristics. In France, the Viognier is vinified with Syrah (a red grape) to produce high quality Côte Rôtie red wine. The highest quality Viognier is from Condrieu and Château Grillet appellations in the Rhône region of France. Wines produced with Viognier are appealing to drinkers of Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer.