(vee-ohn-yay) Viognier is a white wine grape.  It is the only permitted grape for the French wine Condrieu in the Rhone Valley.  It is presumed to be an ancient grape, and some have hypothesized that it may have originated in Dalmatia and was brought to Rhône by the Romans in 281 AD.  In 1965, the grape was almost extinct when there were only eight acres in Northern Rhône, but today Rhône now has over 740 acres planted and Viognier has been planted much more extensively around the world including in California and Virginia.