#DrinkChenin Day

In 2014 the first #DrinkChenin Day was celebrated on June 12th in New York and 10 other cities across the USA. TheDrinkChenin Day campaign was the brainchild of USA retailers and sommeliers.

The CBA actively joined the campaign in 2016 and Jim Clark, Marketing Manager, WOSA USA, also conducted a virtual tasting of a number of SA chenins. Although the 17 June (date for 2017) was picked for the northern hemisphere summer, celebrating the freshness of Chenin blanc, it actually put the spotlight on the diversity of Chenin Blanc.

Chenin can be just as enjoyable during the South Africa winter with fuller styles ranging from sur lie to wooded styles, ideal partner for warming winter meals. This campaign has expanded to an international celebration of Chenin Blanc. 

This initiative is actively driven by the SE Wine Collective (drinkchenin.com) in the US and by the Chenin Blanc Association (drinkchenin.co.za) in South Africa.  Wines of South Africa (WOSA - Europe) is also actively supporting the campaign by e.g. facilitating special Chenin tastings and acivities.

Social media campaign


In celebration of the fact that Chenin Blanc is considered a food friendly wine, we are inviting you to celebrate the month leading up to 17 June on a culinary journey with us. And what is a month devoted to Chenin without the chance to show us your cooking talent and chance to win 6 bottles of wine?

We will post recipes with a matching wine for the 5 weeks leading up to 17 June, starting on 15 May. Join us in making the dish at home and share your Chenin journey with us by posting a picture of your version of the dish. The winning post of each recipe will receive 6 bottles of the wine featured with that recipe.

Recipes paired with Chenin Blanc:

Avondale and FABER restaurant:
White Bean Veloute

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Oven Roasted Duck

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Darling Cellars:
Thai Green Curry

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Delaire Graff:
Buffalo Mozzarella salad


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Franschhoek Cellar:
Curried Dahl and
Coconut Soup

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Orange and Granadilla Tiramisu


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Ken Forrester and 96 Winery Road:
Ketaifi Salmon with Wasabi mayo

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Kleine Zalze and Terroir restaurant:
Prawn Risotto


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Cilantro and Lime Marinated Chicken Breast Salad

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Chilli-cream Prawns


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Fresh Mussels


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Norwegian Smoked Salmon and
Cream Cheese Quiche

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Chicken Curry


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Vetkoek and Curried Mince


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Goats Cheese and Guava Panna Cotta

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Farmer Angus Smoked Bacon and Trout Vichyssoise

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Chicken Briyani


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Asian inpsired Salmon Trout


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Fun facts and more wine to be won

We will also post fun chenin facts as well as questions (with multiple answers) each week, with more wine to be won!

Planned Activities


Planning talks on Cape Talk, Radio #Tag and also Magic828am. We will post details on our Facebook page on when to tune in.

Field to Feast of 11th June will have a focus on Anima Chenin Blanc.

Featured recipes @Bergsig Bistro leading up to 17 June, paired with our Bergsig Chenin Blanc Range. Follow us on Facebook for more information.
Week 1: Starter - Butternut Soup
Week 2: Main - Oriental Chicken
Week 3: Main - Seafood Pasta
Week 4: Desert - Coconut & Lime Panacotta (TBC)
Week 5: Desert - Baked Lemon Cheesecake (TBC)

Bergsig Bistro: On 17 June our Bergsig Bistro will offer all featured recipes either as a 3 Course meal or if preferred individually.
Bergsig Tasting Room: Get a special discount on our Chenin Blanc 2016 and Chenin Reserve 2015.

Botha Kelder:
Wine sales and tasting room hours will be extend on 17 June from 10h00 to 15h00. You will be able to taste and compare 4 different styles of Chenin Blanc, paired with filled coal baked breads “roosterkoeke”, free of charge. There will also be roosterkoeke for sale during the day. Please contact Annamarie van Niekerk for more info at 023 355 1740.

Deetlefs Wines:
For every 6 bottles Deetlefs Estate Chenin or Chenin Reserve ordered, we will give the client 6 bottles of Stonecross Chenin Blanc as a GIFT worth R600. For questions, contact bea@deetlefs.com.

Delaire Graff:
Delaire Graff will be running a special deal in their wine lounge on the 17th of June where if you buy 5 bottles of Delaire Graff Swartland Reserve Chenin Blanc you het one for free.

Grande Provence:
Join us for a ‘Hot” Chenin Blanc promotion in our tasting room at Grande Provence - Buy 2 for R100 and save R80 for our Chenin Blanc Viognier.

A line-up of older Chenin Blanc vintages at the tasting room on the 17th of June.

Marais Family Wines:
Buy a case of Breëland – Marais Family Wines, Chenin Blanc 2014 Royal from 15th of May – 19 June, and stand a chance to win a 2 night stay for 2 people at Buchukloof Cottage and Game drive valued at R2000! Orders can be placed at Elizma Berlyn at elizma@maraiswines.co.za. Visit our website www.buchukloof.co.za to view the beautiful cottage. T’s & C’s apply.

Enjoy a free glass of wine with every Pizza ordered as well as complimentary Chenin tasting on the day. 

Slanghoek Kelder:
There will be a 10% discount on the following at Slanghoek Cellar:  
- Slanghoek Legends Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc
- Slanghoek Private Selection Chenin Blanc
- Slanghoek Crème de Chenin
- Slanghoek Noble Late Harvest

Stofberg Family Vineyards:
Stofberg Family Vineyards is hosting a Chenin themed 3-course meal, paired with Mía Chenin blanc 2016 and the Mariëtte Chenin blanc 2015. In addtion is a special offer of, if you buy any case of Stofberg Chenin Blanc, you stand the chance to win a dinner for two, with a bottle of Mia Chenin Blanc. Contact Mariette on mariette@stofbergfamilyvineyards.co.za for more details.

Complimentary Chenin tasting on the day as well as a uniquely paired treat.

Wellington Wines:
Social media compaign: Post you and your friends enjoying a glass of W True to Terroir Chenin or La Cave Chenin – with a mention on where you are enjoying this beautiful cultivar. Win a mixed case of Wellington Wines Chenin Blanc. Like us on Facebook.



Wines of South Africa (European offices) are all organising a number of activities in the run up to the day as well as on DrinkChenin Day itself. Udo Göebel of WineMatters (Netherlands) is arranging an extensive tasting and lunch in Amsterdam.

Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa