sponsorship/challenge

SA Champions hailed in inaugral 2017 Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge Winners

The 2017 Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge attracted 136 entries, up almost 10% on 2016, with all the major wine-producing areas represented. The five-member judging panel, tasting all submissions blind, short-listed 33 wines for consideration before deciding on the ten eventual winners.

The CBA has been running the annual Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge since 2014 and is working across various fronts to raise the reputation of Chenin Blanc, South Africa's most widely planted varietal. These efforts have played a key role in establishing the country's quality credentials amongst international wine critics, writers and other influencers in recent years, with Chenin Blanc now widely recognised as South Africa's calling card.

 


  
 
 

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 Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa represents around 120 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 R25 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.

 

    
Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa

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