Chardonnay is believed to have originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the rich, buttery Meursaults to New World wines with tropical fruit flavors. Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including France’s champagne.