Chardonnay has been a relative late-comer to the South African vineyard landscape.
The planting of this great white grape of Burgundy only really began to take root in the 1980s after a period of trial, error and experimentation with the finding of plant material best-suited to South African conditions.
By 1990 Chardonnay only comprised 1.5% of all of South Africa's vineyards, with De Wetshof, Backsberg and Simonsig generally regarded as this varieties pioneers in the country.Read more
Chardonnay started trending as a baby name in the UK around 2002 because of a character in 'Footballer's Wives.”
WSET Level 3 and 4
Chief Taster and owner of West London Wine School, South London Wine School and Streatham Wine House, Jimmy Smith, takes you through the famous Chardonnay in great detail.