HOW DID CHARDONNAY BECOME SO POPULAR?
There are lots of reasons that it is not just those of us reading this that love Chardonnay. Chardonnay is the world’s fifth most planted grape and its second most planted white grape variety. (The most planted white grape, Airén, has not been popular - even in its native Spain - for decades, and Chardonnay is widely expected to overtake it in global plantings in due time.)
The Earth's love for Chardonnay wine is nothing new. Chardonnay history is lengthy but well-documented. The first written mention of Chardonnay grapes hails back to the late 1600s. Other, less clear, references suggest that Chardonnay grapes were being grown in the late 1500s. Clearly, Chardonnay is doing something right.
WHERE IS CHARDONNAY FROM?
Even though it is an ancient grape, Chardonnay's origin has been isolated. The noble Chardonnay grape was born in southern Burgundy's Mâconnais region. Its parents were the revered and much-loved Pinot Noir and the very ancient but almost extinct Gouais Blanc.
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