Chardonel is a hybrid grape created by crossing Seyval and Chardonnay, and was first created in 1953. The crossing of French and American grapevines created this hearty grape with a combination of good flavor and winter-sturdiness.
This grape provides good productivity and creates a nice tasting white wine. Very close in flavor to that of Chardonnay but with the more sturdy character to better grow in cold climates that Seyval has.
Chardonel was first produced in 1953 in New York State, by crossing the French/American hybrid Seyval with the extremely popular Chardonnay vine. These two variety's were crossed to make a more productive vine that grew well in the colder climates of the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest States.
Chardonel is grown extensively in the Midwest States in the United States. It can also be found in small amounts in France. This vine prefers cooler climates and soils rich in limestone.
Chardonel is a full bodied, dry wine that is usually high in alcohol and acidity. It is known to exhibit Apple, Citrus, fig and pear characteristics. Chardonel is often similar to Chardonnay, but with a less pronounced characater. Chardonel pairs well with pasta, poultry and seafood.