Hundreds of fans of white wine will gather on November 27, 2010 in the most northern wine-making region of Burgundy, Chablis, which center is the small town of the same name. The festival of white wine has been held in Chablis for many decades. And though an autumn wine festival in Europe is not a unique event (dozens of similar events are held in Italy, Spain, Hungary and France), Chablis wine festival is an exception. It is no coincidence that this city located on the river Seren, is called the "Golden Gates of Burgundy". According to experts here is produced the best white wine in France. And the main difference of the Chablis wine festival is the quality of the wine. Here you will not be offered young, unseasoned wine as at the Beaujolais Nouveau wine festival in Tokay. Local winemakers believe that wine is like a capricious child, it needs care, nurture, and what yesterday was perfect today may deteriorate. Therefore, the festival in Chablis it is every time summing up not only results of the last year, here are exhibited and strictly evaluated wines produced five or ten years ago.
Chablis wine-making region is very small, just 16 miles long, but the history of wine here has about fifteen hundred years. It is believed that the first vineyards here have been created as early as in the VI-VII centuries by the monks of the Order of St. Maarten. There are written sources dating from the fifteenth century that uncover the information about wines from this region that were exported to England, Flanders and Picardy. Currently, the vineyards around Chablis are 90 percent of the Chardonnay grapes. This sort is the basis for making of the dry white wine, known for its aroma and flavor. “Cleanness, freshness, lightness, rich flavor, which is usually dominated by a fruity aroma, as well as shades of Truffles, green and barely perceptible smell of forest violets” - so poetically describe this wine some tasters of white wine from Chablis.