Chenin Blanc is as much part of the South African landscape as braaivleis, rugby and sunny skies. It’s not only one of the very first wine grape varieties ever planted in South Africa, but it still is the most planted variety.
To celebrate this icon of the South African wine industry, the Swartland Wine Region has decided to host a special Swartland Chenin Celebration on Saturday, November 15, in Cape Town.
The celebration of this popular and versatile white wine will take the shape of a gastronomic picnic buffet lunch between 10am and 4pm with wine stalls and a roaming accordionist in the French style on the lawns of the old Cape manor house, Welgemeend (off Kloof Street), in the heart of the city. There will also be background music.
The programme for the day includes Swartland Chenin Uncorked (an informal talk about the various styles and the versatility of chenin blanc); a Chenin Uncorked tasting hosted by Riebeek Cellars’ Zakkie Bester during which the different styles of Chenin Blanc will be sampled; a wine and chocolate tasting by Nelda van Zyl of Org de Rac; and finally a wine and olive tasting by the Vlok family of Het Vlock Casteel. Inside the manor house two rooms will be used for more formal wine tastings.
The 2014 Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blancs will also be available for tasting. Among the well-known and award-winning wineries taking part, are AnnexKloof,
Babylon’s Peak Private Cellar,AA Badenhorst Family Wines, Swartland Cellar, Lemoenfontein, Leeuwenkuil, Riebeek Cellar, Pulpit Rock and Mullineux Family Wines.
* A limited number of Celebration Passes are available at R160 per person, which includes a wine tasting glass, a picnic lunch and tasting coupons. Although tickets will be on sale at the entrance, people are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
For more information or to book, send an email to the Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call them on 022 487 1133.