Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of Eastern France …… but is now grown wherever wine is produced. The grape produces wines that are lean, crisp, and usually with high acidity and with characteristics of honey and tropical fruit. The region where the grape is grown will effect the characteristics of individual wines. Wines are usually medium to light bodied. Wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation tend to have softer acidity and fruit flavors with a buttery taste. Chardonnay wines can be aged either in oak or stainless steel.
The Chardonnay grape is also used in making sparkling wines, including Champagne. This grape continues to be one of the widely planted grape varieties.
*Malolactic fermentation, also know as MLF, is the process in winemaking in which tart-tasting malic acid, which is naturally found in grape must, is converted to softer tasting lactic acid.