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Chenin Blanc International Congress
The first-ever congress brought together the two largest Chenin regions in the world, South Africa and the Loire and was held at the Jean Monnier Congress Centre in Angers from 1 to 3 July 2019. The theme of the congress was Chenin Blanc in a Changing Environment and the aim was to increase the knowledge of Chenin internationally, particularly in relation to history, terroir, viticultural and winemaking research, and also wine tourism.
The Chenin Blanc
Association together with partner Standard Bank, hosted the first ever #SBCheninParty
at The Grand Café and Beach at Granger Bay on Monday 14 September 2015,
as a kick-off to CapeWine 2015.
When you think about South African white wine, summer and good food, you
think Chenin Blanc. This lunchtime party celebrated the diversity of
South African Chenin Blanc with 50 producers who poured their wines,
shared their stories and showcased that “local is lekker and Chenin is
local”. Great wine, fabulous food and good company... what more can you
Chenin Blanc Association at Cape Wine 2012 Unveiling
CBA Conference 2011
The Chenin Blanc Association
(CBA), in partnership with the AEB Group of South Africa hosted a one
day conference on Monday 14 November 2011 at Joostenberg Conference
Centre in Stellenbosch.
The seminar covered
Chemical, Sensory and Consumer research on SA Chenin Blanc by the
Institute for Wine Biotechnology, Stellenbosch University South Africa,
Marketing Chenin Blanc in the Local & Export Markets and then the
question: Can Chenin Blanc drive the SA white wine category?
For full details of the 2011 programme please click HERE or click on the icons shown below to download the
The Showcase, held on 27 September 2010 at Delaire Graff Estate, is the first of what we hope will become a regular event on
the South African wine calendar. We will look to provide two tastings
per year, one highlighting new releases, and another highlighting the
rich & ripe wooded & sweet styles. The showcase was attended by a
selected group of the media and producers.
The Chenin Blanc Association’s goal is to drive the production and sale
of quality Chenin Blanc both in South Africa and abroad. Amongst other
events, we hope to achieve this by showcasing wines that we believe
reflect the style of Chenin Blanc that is and will be successful in
South Africa and abroad.
The 28 wines presented were a selection of the 2010/2009 releases chosen
by the Chenin Blanc Association as a reflection of styles that are
currently on sale in South Africa and abroad. These wines fall into
three distinct categories:
Fresh and Fruity – easy to drink wines that are created for
immediate enjoyment, predominantly un-wooded and most are commercially
Rich and Ripe – more complex wines which are un-wooded and
demonstrate a graduation in style either as a result of botrytis or the
use of bush vines or older vineyards, may be drunk after 2 or even 3
years after bottling
Rich and Ripe Wooded – complex and intricate wines demonstrating
a finesse and elegance that is the result of an interplay of older or
bush vines and the oak regimen, may be drunk up to 4 to 6 years after
The chef of the Indochine Restaurant dazzled the attendees during lunch
with an array of platters of starters, main and desserts to pair with
different styles endorsing chenin’s versatility & compatibility with a
range of food flavours.
Chairman: Chenin Blanc Association
Arnold Kirby (The Daily Sun/Just Drinks), Louis Roos (Mooiplaas) &
Tinus Els (L’Avenir)
Simon Thompson (Oldenburg Vineyards) &
Lerika Raats (Raats Family
Wines), Ken Forrester (Chairman CBA) &
Elena Uys (Fort Simon)
Wendy Appelbaum (De Morgenzon), Ken Forrester &
Michael Fridjohn (Business Day)
Technical Day Seminar 2009
As a Chenin Blanc Association, part of our purpose is to provide updated
information on Chenin Blanc to our members. To achieve this goal we conducted a mini technical seminar on 19 August 2009.
The seminar covered production, marketing and a tasting of
successful Chenin Blancs internationally. For full details of the
programme please click HERE or click on the icons shown below to download the