Chardonnays are now the luxury of France, and champagne-style chardonns are no longer a rarity in the country.
The country’s wine industry is thriving thanks to the rise of Chardonneux and other new wine varieties, said Emmanuelle Desautels, head of the Chardonen de France association.
Chardonns, which have long been popular with tourists, are now on the menu at more than 20 restaurants, bars and shops across the country, she told the AFP news agency.
The chardonneries are also popular with wine lovers who want to indulge in the region’s wine culture and enjoy a bit of history, she said.
Chardonnas and other wine varieties are a popular choice in France and they have become the go-to style of choice for many tourists, especially in recent years.
In 2017, more than 1.2 million people visited France’s Champagne region, a record for the country and the largest such number since 2003.
It is a region of some 4 million people, according to the government.
The number of visitors has increased by more than 40 percent in the past five years to nearly 6 million.
A total of 4.8 million people are registered with Chardonaux de France, up from 3.6 million in 2015, the association said in a statement.
Chauffeurs and bar staff earn up to 1,500 euros ($1,650) a month, according a 2017 report by the Paris-based association.
Tourism accounts for more than 10 percent of the economy in the French capital, and Chardonners are also a staple at many restaurants and hotels, said Jean-Michel Lefebvre, head in tourism at the association.
“Tourism is a very important part of the local economy,” Lefemvre told the AP news agency on Wednesday.
“It is also a very popular destination for those who want a taste of France’s rich history.”