With ocean view decks, a beach area and the charm of the bustling Cape Town city vibe, the Grand Africa Café and Beach at the V&A Waterfront Front in Cape Town is the perfect spot for the guests to experience the lure of South African Chenin Blanc!
Chenin Party 2020
The Chenin Party, brought to you by the Chenin Blanc Association and Standard Bank, will reportedly celebrate this heritage grape and the diversity of South African Chenin Blanc. The event is set to take place on 15 January 2020 from 16:00 to 20:00.
Various wines will also be there for wine-lovers to enjoy while enjoying the view.
Tickets are available online at Quicket for R350, which includes unlimited Chenin Blanc, pizza and a #DrinkChenin glass.
“Quench your thirst with some of the best Chenin Blanc wines in South Africa,” states their official event listing, “while enjoying all you can eat pizza from the Grand’s woodfire oven on a beautiful beach.”
Chenin Blanc has a long history.
According to its official website, it’s thought to have been established in the Anjou region of France as long ago as the ninth century and was probably known then as Chenere. The variety was renamed Chenin Blanc, after Mont Chenin, in the 15th century soon after being exported to the Touraine region in the Loire Valley.
Chenin Blanc also has a long and interesting history in South Africa and is believed to be amongst the first vine cuttings that arrived here in 1655 during the time of Jan van Riebeeck. Early documents refer to three varieties: Groendruif (Semillon), Fransdruif and Steen. It seems that the origin of the names Fransdruif and Steen are intertwined.
There is a theory that the name ‘Steen’ developed when the Dutch who settled in the Cape decoded ‘Listan’ to ‘La Stan’, then ‘De Steen’ and finally, ‘Steen’. Steen first came to prominence in the first half of the twentieth century as a base for South African brandy. In the 1960s, Lieberstein, a semi-sweet blend of Steen and Clairette Blanche, enjoyed phenomenal success.
It was, for a while, the world’s bestselling single brand of wine. At a different level, but just as spectacular, Nederburg Edelkeur, a Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest, provided ample evidence of the quality that Chenin Blanc can deliver.