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Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape varietal used to produce white wine. Historically believed to have been named after the village of Chardonnay in France, it is also known by the names Aubaine, Beaunois, Melon Blanc, and, historically Pinot Chardonnay. Famous for it’s minerally whites from Burgundy and in the great Champagnes of France, today Chardonnay can be found in almost any corner of the world that grapes are grown.

In Spain, Chardonnay has been played with for many years and has produced interesting results in many regions, some of which include La Mancha, Somontano, and the many varied regions of Catalonia. Codorníu was one of Spain’s first Cava houses to recognize its potential in producing the Spanish sparkling wine Cava. Look for wines using Chardonnay in Spain where you find it lending backbone and structure in blend with local grapes.

In Portugal there has been limited experimentation with the grape and only a few Bodegas produce it as a mono-varietal. Usually you will find it adding weight to wines made from local indigenous varieties.

Typical flavors found in wines made from Chardonnay include: Walnuts, Pineapple, peaches, tomatoes, tea, and may many more due to its various styles.

Search here for tasting notes of wines made from Chardonnay: Chardonnay Tasting Notes