May 30 marks International Chardonnay Day, a special date to honor one of the most iconic grape varieties in the wine world. Known for its versatility and ability to adapt to diverse climates and terroirs, Chardonnay has gained popularity among producers and wine aficionados. On this occasion, we will explore the history of Chardonnay, its distinctive characteristics and its notable presence in the Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California.

Chardonnay has its roots in the Burgundy region of France, where it has been cultivated for centuries. Its name comes from the town of Chardonnay in the Mâconnais region. Although its exact origin is uncertain, the grape is believed to be a natural cross between Gouais Blanc and Pinot Noir. Over the years, Chardonnay has spread to all the major wine regions of the world, including France, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and, of course, Mexico.

Chardonnay is a white grape variety that is distinguished by its ability to reflect the characteristics of the soil and climate in which it is grown. It is known for its versatility, allowing the production of a wide range of wine styles, from light and fresh to rich and complex.

Depending on their origin and winemaking method, Chardonnay wines can present a variety of aromas and flavors. Notes of green apple, pear, lemon and melon are commonly found, as well as hints of butter, vanilla and caramel in those fermented or aged in oak barrels.

One of the most outstanding examples of the quality of Chardonnay in the Valle de Guadalupe is the Candor wine, produced by our Rondo del Valle winery. This white wine is a harmonious blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, resulting in a vibrant and elegant expression. Candor is distinguished by its citrus notes, with predominant flavors of Persian lemon and a subtle touch of white sage. These characteristics create a fresh and complex flavor profile that perfectly reflects the unique terroir of Valle de Guadalupe and Rondo del Valle's dedication to excellence in viticulture.

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