Chardonnay can trace its humble origins to Burgundy. Today it is the most widely planted white wine grape in the world. Why?
Chardonnay is prized because it’s a hardy, vigorous vine that readily reflects “terroir” (a French term referring to the characteristics imparted to a wine by the climate and soil in which it is grown). Stylistically, Chardonnay can be clean with bright acidity or full-bodied with tropical notes and varying degrees of oak. In California, the latter is the more popular style.