CHARDONNAY  –  WHITE GRAPE FOR WHITE AND SPARKLING WINE Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

Depending on the vinification and aging Chardonnay can be paired with appetizers, first courses based on fish or vegetables, fish dishes and white meats.