Chardonnay is the world's most well known grape variety. In terms of area planted, Chardonnay lags behind Spain's Airen and Italy's Trebbiano but in terms of distribution and number of wine areas grown in Chardonnay outstrips all other grape varieties.
Chardonnay is beloved by winemakers and vineyard managers the world over as it's a fairly easy grape to grow and it is possible to make a wide range of wine styles in the cellar.Chardonnay's homeland is Burgundy where it can undergo both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations in small oak barrels.
The resulting wines can display flavours such as butter, hazelnuts, melons, apples, almonds and a touch of spice. Chardonnay is widely planted across North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.