Chenin Blanc - origin of the grape variety
The white wine grape variety Chenin Blanc has its origins in the city of Anjou (province of Touraine) in France. Chenin Blanc has been cultivated there since the 9th century.
A special feature of Chenin Blanc is its potential to reflect the terroir of the vineyards very well. It is highly probable that the Chenin Blanc grape variety originated from the crossing of the two grape varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Red Traminer. The grape variety is characterized by an intense fruit aroma and a comparatively very high yield. This gives the winegrowers a lot of leeway with regard to the quality of the wines.
Although Chenin Blanc is now very popular all over the world, South Africa has become a specialist in this grape variety. In addition to being developed as a pure wine and as a cuvée, Chenin Blanc is also ideal for sparkling wines and liqueur wines.
Chenin Blanc Wines - smell and taste
Chenin Blancs aged in steel tanks are often fresh and fruity. The flavors include apple, pear as well as melon and tropical fruits.
Chenin Blancs that are matured or stored in wooden barrels (e.g. barriques) have a creamy character. The aromas range from honey to nuts.
Chenin Blanc from South Africa
The Chenin Blanc grape variety, like other grape varieties from France, was once brought to South Africa by the Huguenots. Locally, it was also the Huguenots who promoted viticulture and thus shaped South African wine culture.
The winemakers of the wineries in South Africa create the wines with a strong focus on the terroir of the vineyard. The special climate and the diversity of the soil have meant that South Africa is valued worldwide as a Chenin Blanc nation.
Chenin Blanc - Order online in the shop
Since Chenin Blanc is not yet very well known in Germany, we have set ourselves the goal of establishing this grape variety here and inspiring wine lovers with it. For this reason, we offer a large selection of Chenin Blanc wines from various wineries in South Africa in our online shop.
The Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc or the Chenin Blanc von Holden Manz are among the classics from South Africa. Also very special Chenin Blanc wines like the FMC by Ken Forrester delight wine lovers all over the world.
In our online shop you will find a large selection of South African Chenin Blancs from different wineries. The WineStore (www.the-winestore.com) makes ordering Chenin Blanc from South Africa very easy and reliable.