Italian Chardonnay wine and its flavour
Italy’s third most planted grape, Chardonnay, wasn’t really grown in Italy until the 1980s. Its remarkable success over the past four decades has mainly been driven by the high-quality sparkling and still DOC and DOCG wines from the Italian north.
In the Alpine valleys of Trentino Alto Adige, this grape produces still wines with attractive tropical aromas. Planted on mountain slopes at 300-800 metres above sea level, the vines see sharp swings between day and night temperatures. This promotes aromatic complexity in the grapes. A well-made Alpine Chardonnay wine will offer flavours of pineapple, yellow apple, melon and pear, complimented by notes of vanilla, caramel, honey and toast.