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Chardonel is a cross between Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay grapes. The grape was developed at Cornell AgriTech (New York State Agricultural Experiment Station) in 1953 and the varietal was released in 1990. 

It is a late ripening white wine grape that produces a high-quality and full-bodied wine and is distinguished by its superior wine quality combined with high productivity. The grape’s cold hardiness is superior to its acclaimed parent, Chardonnay. This wine can be fermented in oak or stainless-steel barrels. Chardonel is celebrated during the month of April. 



Acres in Missouri:

7.2% - 195.5 acres

Flavors or tasting notes:

Pear, apple, apricot, and oaky if aged in barrels

Taste Profile:

Full-bodied, rich, complex and crisp

Ideal Serving Temperature:


Food pairings:

Creamy white cheeses, grilled chicken and fish, mushrooms, almonds, pasta & cream sauce, vanilla cake, banana bread and apple dishes

Recipe ideas:

One-Skillet Smothered Pork Chops

Cheesy Chardonel Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe

Butterscotch Blondies with Chardonel

Lemon Butter Seafood Pasta

Moscow Mule with Wine

Chardonel Wine Cocktail Recipe

Apple Cider Sangria

Chardonel Fondue

Stargazer Cocktail

 Sweetness Scale:
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Missouri’s sparkling wines range from dry to sweet, white to rosé, and can have a light to medium body. Many of the Show Me State sparkling wines utilize Méthode Champenoise, meaning they are made in the same traditional method used in Champagne. This process is completed with a secondary fermentation within the bottle. This fermentation creates carbon dioxide – the fine bubbles we all love. 

Ideal Serving Temperature:

30 to 40 minutes in ice or three hours in the refrigerator. The ideal temperature to serve sparkling wine is around 40 to 45 °F

Food pairings:

Fried Chicken, Havarti cheese, oysters, popcorn, fresh berries.  


Sparkling Sweetness Infographic


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