Most important Chardonnay winegrowing regions
This grape variety has its origins in the Near East. It initially found its way to Burgundy via the Romans. Benedictine and Cistercian monks then took Chardonnay all over Europe during the Middle Ages. With the rise in Chardonnay’s fortunes, Burgundy emerged as one of the world’s foremost winegrowing regions. This grape is still the basis for some of the most expensive white wines in the world.
More and more winegrowing regions are now competing with Burgundy. Its high quality and versatility when it comes to climate, terroir and vinification make Chardonnay a highly sought-after global grape variety. The following countries all produce notable expressions.