Cristom was the first winery in the valley to plant Viognier; our first bottling was released in 1996. Located to the west of the winery building, the vineyard shares the warmest part of our property with our Syrah grapes. Doused with Oregon sunshine all summer long, the Viognier vines welcome the cool, gentle breezes of the nearby Van Duzer corridor. On a clear day, you might catch a glimpse of Mt. Hood while strolling through the five-acre parcel with 2200 vines per acre. This vineyard ripens quickly, and Steve and Mark find a delicate balance of picking the fruit just as the varietal character develops.
Round and viscous on the palate, the wine is drier than the exotic fruits on the nose would lead you to believe.