Chardonnay Wine Guide: Grape, Oaked vs. Unoaked, and How to Serve Chardonnay

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Aug 4, 2021 • 5 min read

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the world. The green-skinned grape originated in the Burgundy region of France but now grows in almost all major wine regions across the world, from Chile to New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.

The chardonnay grape is sturdy, easy to grow, and naturally neutral, making it a winemaker’s dream to work with. It can quickly take on a variety of different characteristics, depending on where it is grown, and how it is matured. The result is an endlessly sippable, easy-to-enjoy wine with low acidity.