Chenin was planted in France as early as the 9th century in the Anjou region of the Loire.
The chenin blanc vine was brought to South Africa in 1655 by Dutchman Jan Van Riebeeck, who is credited with having established the South African wine industry.
South Africa now has three times as many hectares planted to chenin blanc as in France and, the grape’s homeland.
Best from France
Look for Vourvray, Samur, Anjou Coteaux du Loir, Savennieres, Montlouis, Quarts de Chaume.
Gout-Fort (roughly translated as strong taste), Cou-fort (which sounds like a French swear word), QueFort (sounds like Manuel from Fawlty Towers on holiday in France) and Franc-Blanc (which sounds like every French man I’ve ever asked for directions)
This article was published on 1st August 2011 so certain details may not be up to date.