It's a little known fact, but a fact all the same, that South African Chenin Blanc wines are among the world's finest.
The two main areas in the world where Chenin Blanc is grown are in the Loire Valley in France and in the Cape Winelands, South Africa.
France has 10,000 ha and the Cape has 20,000 ha planted. It is believed that the first plantings of Chenin Blanc in South Africa were made by the French Huguenots, fleeing France after the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and emigrating to the Cape.
Winemaker Pierre Wahl