The Quintessentila Swiss Wine
Widely grown in the cantons of Switzerland where it has several regional synonym names, the main one being Fendant. It is also grown in France, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Romania, New Zealand and Canada. It is a very popular grape in areas of British Columbia.
Chasselas was the first viniferia grown on Quails' Gate Estae winery in the Okanagan and subsequently became their first wine. It is extremely popular the St Hubertus & Oak Bay Vineyards in Kelowna. 1984 Leo Gebert, originally from Switzerland, came to the Okanagan to start a winery. Two years later his younger brother Andy joined him. Been Swiss they were quite familiar with Chassels.
Corcelettes Estate Winery is owned by another family from Switzerland. Thay also grow Chasselas.
Chasselas is a green-skinned variety that turns yellow-golden when ripe. It can be a very vigorous and overproductive vine if not properly controlled. It makes very light-bodied wine that blends well with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris or almost any other white wine variety available
On a recent visit to St Hubertus mu wife and I purchased a bottle of 2013 Chasselas. We found the wine to light, refreshing and most enjoyable.