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Chardonnay

A cosmopolitan white variety of French origin (Burgundy). In Greece it is grown in 24 prefectures spread over all the geographical departments in the country. It ripens in the last ten days of August.

The Chardonnay variety yields white wines that are either young or barrel-fermented and barrel-aged, with a wide range of aromas whose complexity and quality depends on the variety`s yield per hectare. The wine produced has a rich, fresh to crisp, well-balanced and full-bodied palate with a long finish. If grown in suitable soil it can attain the highest quality a white wine can have.

The Chardonnay is used in making certain Vins de Pays (Plagies Aigeialias [Côtes de Aigeialia], Pylias [of Pylos], Andrianiotikos [of Andriani], Dramas [of Drama], Messiniakos [of Messinia], Ismarikos [of Ismaros], Epanomis [of Epanomi], Peloponnisiakos [of Peloponnese]).

[Text and photos taken from the book 'Wine-producing varieties of the Greek vineyard' by Haroula Spinthiropoulou - Olive Press Publications, 2000 (in Greek)]

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