The name chardonnay is derived from:

A. A Latin word meaning “place of thistles”

B. A medieval French term for “white chalky soil”

C. A combination of two Greek words meaning “golden sphere”

D. A Celtic term meaning “that which is delicate”


Chardonnay is derived from the medieval Latin word cardonnacum, meaning “place of thistles.” Thistle is chardon in French. There is a small village in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy called Chardonnay.

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