Condrieu wines are dry white wines from the Rhône Valley that stem from a single grape variety: Viognier. Although the region originally produced a sweet wine thanks to the harvesting of the grapes on All Saints' Day, these dry white wines currently enjoy an international reputation.
The history of Condrieu wines, like many French wines, dates back to Roman times. The emperor Probus asserted that the Viognier grape variety made men better therefore he commanded that this varietal be planted in large numbers throughout the region. In the centuries that followed, the reputation of these wines continued to grow as the bottles were exported thanks to the Rhône. The popes who lived not far from there, in Avignon, particularly enjoyed this beverage.
Severely affected during the 20th century by various crises, the Condrieu appellation almost disappeared. Fortunately, winegrowers guided by Georges Vernay, nicknamed "Monsieur Viognier", rallied to restore this AOC to its former glory.
Today, the appellation covers 270 hectares, 178 of which produce wine, and extends over the communes of Condrieu, Vérin, Saint-Pierre de Bœuf, Saint Michel sur Rhône, Malleval and Limony. In the heart of the northern Rhône Valley, strikingly beautiful landscapes shelter terraced vineyards that are rooted in stunning hills.
Located on the edge of the Massif Central and in the Côtes du Rhône, the climate is very continental, although somewhat influenced by the Mediterranean. Viognier is the king grape variety.
The wines of Condrieu are famous for their warm golden yellow colour, slightly underlined by green hues. The aromatic bouquet is marked by intense floral notes composed of white flowers, violets or honeysuckle which contribute to the uniqueness of Condrieu wines. On the palate, this wine is very complex and expresses all its nobility. Condrieu wines are particularly enjoyable in their youth.