Evolution of an Australian classic
Chardonnay is the fifth most planted winegrape variety in the world, after Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and Airen. Chardonnay has been described by Jancis Robinson as ‘the most famous vine variety of all’ because it has almost no synonyms and therefore its name is widely recognised worldwide.
Australia has approximately 10 per cent of the world’s Chardonnay plantings and is the third largest grower of the variety after France and the USA.
Chardonnay is Australia’s most widely planted white variety and is second only to Shiraz overall. The crush of Chardonnay in Australia has grown from 1000 tonnes in 1979 to a peak of 428,000 tonnes in 2008.