Chardonnay Chardonnay is one of the world's most popular white grapes, being produced in all sorts of styles virtually worldwide. Its ability to adapt to different climates and soils make it an appealing variety for winemakers. The best-known (and most expensive) Chardonnay wines come from the vineyards of Chablis, Champagne and Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However great value Chardonnay from Australia remains one of the most popular white wines Chardonnay can be crisp and light or rich, tropical and weighty. It loves spending time in oak, and is often fermented and/or aged in barrel, adding toasty vanilla flavours. Alone, it can be extremely elegant, with more subtle fruit flavour (think steely Chablis), making it a great match for seafood. Signature Style From crisp and light to rich, tropical and weighty Famous Examples Chain of Ponds, Domaine Dampt Chablis, Petaluma, Roederer Blanc de Blancs Principal regions Burgundy, Champagne, Napa Valley, Adelaide Hills Synonyms Morillon Did you know? Chardonnay is the most widely planted white grape in France. Despite its international popularity, Chardonnay is only the second most cultivated vine in the world (Spanish variety Airén is first). Chardonnay is one of the principal grapes in the Champagne blend Blanc de Blancs Champagne is made exclusively from the Chardonnay grape. If you like Chardonnay, you might also like: Semillon - just as flavoursome, complex and ageworthy. The best dry Semillons are from Australia.