Like many other ancient varieties, the Chardonnay grape traces its beginnings to the Middle East. As viticulture spread, it came to France and found a new home, particularly in Burgundy. In Germany, the grape was added to the list of officially permitted varietals in 1991.
Chardonnay, one of the most popular grape varieties in the world, is cultivated in virtually all wine-growing countries. Slowly but surely it has gained ground in Germany, and with more than 1,300 hectacres in 2010, it now accounts for more than 1% of Germany's total vineyard area.