Chardonnay {Shar-doe-NAY} is the most popular white grape in the world. It is also known for its ability to adapt in almost  any condition, this makes it easier and famous among winemakers.

Chardonnay grape

Chardonnay grape in Scherrer Winery

The chances of seeing this grape in the wine regions is almost guaranteed, though the most popular comes from the regions of Burgundy and California. Other predominant regions are: Italy, New Zealand, Australia and in some parts of South America. Recent  DNA research conducted at UC Davis, California concluded Chardonnay is the result of  a cross between Pinot Noir and Gouais blanc.

The Chardonnay grape can be made into sparkling wine or still wine, among them, the most popular is Champagne.

It is almost impossible to give an accurate description of the taste that Chardonnay delivers to the many different wines. Due to the many techniques that winemakers utilize, the flavor and taste changes amongst wines.  Chardonnay is usually fermented in oak to add that extra wealth and consequent color. Making the decision of when to harvest is crucial for wine makers, considering that one-day of bad weather can kill the grape. Scherrer Winery is an example of a great team of winemakers that have done a terrific job in the past regarding the timing for the Chardonnay harvest.

In this video a winemaker shows how to make Chardonnay in California’s Russian River Valley. Included in this video are grapes at harvest, whole cluster’s of Chardonnay on the sorting table, and the bunches in the bladder press being gently pressed.




Famatina Valley

The Co-op is located in the Famatina Valley, which is 800 miles North of Mendoza or the same distance as Oregon and Napa Valley. One would expect that distance to bring uniqueness.



Guy Chaumont leads a tiny but highly efficient operation at the winery and in the vineyards that he and his wife own and farm.




The family’s diverse soil types as well as natural curiosity has lead them to bottle still wines as well, including Chardonnay.



Barra of Mendocino produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and a late harvest Port style wine that we carry at Candid Wines. The Barra wines are generally from the family’s older vines on the hillside vineyards that were planted in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s.

Mendocino is something of a climactic wonderland when it comes to grape growing.  Diverse varieties thrive in the area and the Barra family is able to produce clean, bright Pinot Blanc alongside Chardonnay, elegant Cabernet and Zinfandel next to fantastic Pinot Noir.