Know Your Vines – Chardonnay

Last week you learned a little bit about Pinto Grigio, so this week let’s talk about another white wine to be; Chardonnay.


Chardonnay is an early riser, and is the first of the vines to break bud and start growing in the spring. No tangles or wild growth for this vine, it starts off nice and easy right from the start. One distinctive characteristic of the vine is its leaves. Chardonnay leaves are more rounded than other grapes, lacking the deep notches on the sides of the leaf. Once you notice this feature you’ll be able to spot this grape from a mile away.

Even though Chardonnay grows easily, the fruit itself requires special attention. These grapes are particularly susceptible to diseases like powdery mildew, and the best preventative measure is increased sunlight and airflow around the fruit. This means that extra care must be taken to make sure that excess vines and leaves are pruned away to get the maximum amount of sunlight and air to the grapes.

The grapes themselves come in medium sized clusters, there green skin ripening to shades of yellow as the season progresses. They ripen mid season and make their way to your table in both Hawk Haven Chardonnay and our Kestrel White.

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