2019 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge Winners

This year’s winners of the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge provide ample evidence of South Africa’s major advances with the variety, according to Ina Smith, manager of the Chenin Blanc Association.

“The growing focus on Chenin by international tastemakers has undoubtedly raised the quality benchmark,” says the association’s chairman, Ken Forrester. “It’s fair to say that the recent international Chenin Blanc congress, held in Angers, France, demonstrated to delegates just how far South African producers have succeeded with the variety, in terms of both quality and stylistic range."


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.


2018 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge Winners

News of the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge winners for 2018, featuring five newcomers and five regulars, comes in the wake of unprecedented optimism in the grape variety.

The challenge drew 113 wooded and 46 unwooded entries, all tasted blind by the five-member panel, with 27 wines shortlisted for the final top ten line-up.



Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2017 Handovers: Winners pay it forward

During February and March the winning producers of the 2017 Challenge accepted their cheques of R25 000 each. The champion winemakers may enjoy the acclaim, but it is the workers, especially women and children, who are the real winners in the 2017 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge.

The cheques were presented to the winners by Neil Groenewald, Regional Manager (Winelands) and Henry Klopper, the Business Centre Manager in the Boland. Standard Bank extremely proud to be associated with the awards, which benefited not only South Africa's wine industry, but also provided valuable support for the farm workers. Click HERE to view more photo's from the cheque presentations.


Brand Chenin as SA's Wine Specialty, Says Leading US Commentator

South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal in the way New Zealand has done with Sauvignon blanc and Argentina, with Malbec.


Chenin Blanc is a torchbearer and signature for South African white wine

Chenin is raking in awards, locally and abroad, and moving the South African wine industry forward, it would seem as if there is more momentum than ever and the Chenin star is shining bright! Amongst a spate of new releases, and some very exciting wines, Chenin is clearly the basis of a new found quality white wine segment.

The Basket Press May 2016


Chenin Blanc and Top 10 Challenge 2015

The second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge unlocked the obvious potential of Chenin Blanc with pure fruit, complexity, balance, some weight and power indicating the best of the best. KWV, Perdeberg, Simonsig, Spier and Stellenrust once again impressed judges for a second year as part of the Top 10, an indication of these cellars’ reputation for high quality Chenin Blanc wines. New winners included Aeternitas, Boutinot, DeMorgenzon, L'Avenir and Leopard's Leap.

A total of 145 wines were entered into the competition, (15% up from the previous year) and tasted blind with no indication of vintage, cellar treatment or technical analysis by the five-person panel including Christian Eedes, one of South Africa’s most respected wine judges as chairperson; Jamie Goode from the United Kingdom, a London-based wine writer currently wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express; Higgo Jacobs, certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers and wine judge; François Rautenbach, a man deeply invested in hospitality and heading up the ‘Singita Premier Wine Direct’ programme for Singita Game Reserves and sourcing and supplying wines for the Singita properties in Southern and East Africa; Cathy van Zyl, Master of Wine, regular judge and associate editor of Platter’s South African Wine Guide, as well as associate judges Jaap-Henk Koelewijn, sommelier and partner in Tokara Restaurant, and Tongai Joseph Dhafana sommelier at La Colombe.

The Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge on Top Billing (Full insert)

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Top Billing features L'Avenir Estate

Robert Redford chats to our PR Partner Nicolette Waterford about his love for SA Chenin blanc

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