Chardonnay grape variety
Chardonnay is by far the most planted and most popular white wine grape variety in the world. Chardonnay grape vines can be found in all parts of the globe from United States to New Zealand and from South Africa to Germany. Chardonnay originates from France and is a cross between Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Gouais Blanc.
Chardonnay was first planted in Cyprus during the early 1980s. During that period, the government of Cyprus introduced various ‘international’ varieties as a way to improve the quality of Cyprus wine.
Chardonnay has adapted very well to the hot climate of Cyprus and produces exceptional wines. In Cyprus, a typical Chardonnay will have an alcohol content of 13% or 14%. This is due to the warm climate of Cyprus which allows grapes to produce more sugar. Chardonnay wines in Cyprus have more tropical fruit aromas and are full bodied. In Cyprus Chardonnay is usually used by itself to produce both oaked and unoaked wines.
Fikardos Winery works in close cooperation with vine growers and always aims in selecting the best grapes for vinification. Besides working with international varieties the winery gives strong emphasis to Cyprus Indigenous varieties.