SA Champions hailed in inaugral
Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge
The winners of the inaugural Standard Bank
Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge have been revealed. The announcement made
in Stellenbosch this past week has again highlighted the excellence of
these South African white wines.
“Finally South Africa's iconic white wines are getting the recognition
they deserve and this Top 10 is just a snapshot of the greatness that
awaits wine drinkers,” says winemaker Ken Forrester, chairman of the
Chenin Blanc Association. “Behind these ten great wines are another ten
and behind them another ten, Chenin Blanc is an exciting journey and a
grape whose time has come.”
Standard Bank Backs South Africa’s Most Planted Grape Variety – Chenin Blanc
The Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa is proud to announce the
signing of a three year sponsorship agreement with Standard Bank in
support of a Top 10 Chenin Blanc Competition, to be known as the
Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge. The competition will be
open to all Chenin Blanc Association members and entries open on 1 July
2014. An awards ceremony announcing the winners will take place on
Wednesday 27 August at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch.
The Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa represents around 100
premium South African Chenin Blanc producers.
The reward to the top 10 winners will be financial and specifically
designed to reinforce the economic and social benefits to the workplace
and workforce. Winners will receive R20 000 each and the money must be
used to reinforce the economic and social benefits in the workplace and
to the workforce. “We are proud of our association with Standard Bank
because great partnerships make great business and we really look
forward to making Chenin Blanc the iconic, quality, South African white
wine grape” says Ken Forrester, Chenin Blanc Association Chairperson.
“Standard Bank is always pleased to partner with key role players within
South African business sectors that contribute significantly towards our
economy. The South African Wine Industry Stats (SAWIS) shows that in
2012 we were the eighth largest wine producer in the world in terms of
litres produced. The figures also show that around 320 million litres of
wine were sold domestically, and 410 million litres were exported during
2012” says Nico Groenewald, Head of Agribusiness at Standard Bank.
“In line with this, it made sense for us to join forces with the Chenin
Blanc Association in support of this initiative,” says Nico Groenewald.