Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the world. Green grapes originally originated in the Burgundy region of France, but are now grown in almost every major vineyard in the world, in Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Chardonnay grapes are robust, easy to grow and neutral, making them ideal for growers. The taste of Chardonnay is greatly influenced by the terroir and the soil, its maturation in the harvest and the methods of aging in the oak barrel. It can develop different characteristics, depending on where it is grown and how it matures. Most of the time, the result is an easy-to-drink, pleasant wine with a balanced acidity.


In general, Chardonnay is known as a variety of dry, medium-bodied white wine that incorporates fresh, crunchy notes of tropical citrus fruits, tobacco, vanilla, honeycomb and butter. In the glass the colour varies depending on the area and the plantation from pale green to deep gold. In the case of cold climate, the aromatic bouquet extends from citrus to green fruits. In warmer climates, such as that of Cyprus, the nose presents fruit such as mango, pineapple and banana. The acidity of this variety ranges from medium to high depending on the climate and style. Aged Chardonnays are rich, with more mature flavours such as vanilla, butter and a hint of oak barrel.

Food pairing

Chardonnay can be combined with a variety of flavours. In its fresher versions, it can accompany seafood dishes such as oysters, mussels, tuna and salads, mushrooms, and even lemon chicken! In its old forms, it pairs perfectly with risotto, cheese-based dishes such as soufflé, pasta with white sauces, smoked meats and spicy flavours.