Is Chenin Blanc South Africa's Flagship Grape?

Is Chenin Blanc South Africa's Flagship Grape?

Event Info:

  • Thurday, November 17
  • 8:00am - 9:30am
  • Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
  • All Kowledge Levels
  • Trade Only

Session Description

Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most planted grape; the country has more Chenin acreage than the rest of the world combined. With its diversity of climates, the country’s Chenin comes in an array of styles: light and crisp, full-bodied and oak-aged, sweet and rich…. Of special note is the emergence of Chenin-based blends; winemakers are embracing the grape’s acidity and structure and layering Rhone white varieties and other grapes over it to yield a complex and unique wine with no Old World antecedents. Wines of South Africa’s Marketing Manager Jim Clarke, a wine writer and former sommelier, will lead a presentation of eight South African Chenin Blancs and Chenin Blanc-based wines to familiarize the audience with South Africa’s own, special way with this white grape.

Open to Members of the Trade Only


Jim Clarke
Jim Clarke
Marketing Manager | Wines of South Africa USA