Chardonnay (“shar-duh-nay”) is the world's most popular white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Chardonnay is said to have originated from Burgundy in France, but is now grown in other French regions as well as America, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa and South America. It is a difficult flavour to define, some having high aromatic complexities, notes of vanilla smoke and hints of sweet spices such as clove and cinnamon.
There are various winemaking techniques and differences in the terroir of origin which can change the palate and aroma of the Chardonnay wine. Food pairing: mild buttery or creamy dishes as well as meaty fish, shellfish, poultry and pork.