With roots that stem back to the Burgundy region in France, Chardonnay is often regarded as the greatest and most versatile white wine in the world. Now grown in a large array of climates, the varietal’s expression varies greatly, depending on the terrier. Cooler climates like Chablis create a lighter bodied wine with citrus notes and subtle minerality. Warmer climates, on the other hand, like Margaret River produce more generous and tropical wines. Seafood is a popular pairing. But Chardonnay also goes beautifully with warm and cold salads, cheese boards and white meats.
Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Macedon Ranges is home to spectacular undulating hillsides with rich vegetation and wonderfully perfumed wines that are diverse and light to medium bodied. The vineyards here grow at high altitude, from 300-800 metres above sea level which makes the Macedon Ranges the coolest grape growing region on mainland Australia. The area is known for producing exceptional Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, and cool-climate Shiraz.