Chenin blanc is a white wine grape variety that was born in the Loire Valley of France. The grape is well versed in making fabulous wines, mostly because of Its high acidity. In winemaking, Chenin can be made a lot like chardonnay, completely un-oaked or fully barrel fermented. This grape can also be used to make everything from sparkling wines to well-balanced dessert wines! Talk about versatility!
Happy #DrinkChenin Day
June 18th is set as #DrinkChenin Day put into place by Wines of South Africa. In the South African winelands, you’ll find some of the oldest viticultural soils in the world, traceable back to the first supercontinent some 1000 million years ago. Located at the very southern tip of the African continent, South Africa has the perfect blend of old and new world influences. The region is filled with exotic blue seas, magical sunsets, picturesque mountain ranges, majestic flora, friendly strangers, and divine wine! It is here in South Africa where Chenin Blanc is the signature grape variant.
The Cape’s winegrowing regions are influenced by the Atlantic and Indian oceans which create beneficial maritime conditions like regular coastal fog and cooling sea breezes to balance the hot summer days making it perfect for grape growing. With diverse wine styles, there is a perfect bottle for everyone who appreciates finely crafted wines at unbelievable prices!
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South Africa is blooming with artistry and quality when it comes to winemaking. The region maintains a focus on the natural environment and a commitment to fair trade policies and sustainability. Sustainable Wine South Africa (SWSA) and the new Wine and Spirit Board seal on bottles guarantees that the wines have been sustainably produced according to strict guidelines. You are able to verify this on-line by entering the unique seal numbers on each bottle.
If you’re looking for a true wine adventure head to the South African Winelands and try their fabulous Chenin – if you love chardonnay and great tasting white wines, this is something new for you to try!