Oldest SA Chenin plantings identified

22 January, 2010

South Africa’s oldest Chenin Blanc plantings have been identified in a block in Stellenbosch dating back to 1942.

The Chenin Blanc Association organised the search to raise awareness of older Chenin Blanc vines, which chairman Ken Forrester said produce some of the finest Chenins in the world.

The oldest vineyard is owned by Ann Kirsten of Westridge and the average age of the oldest blocks found is 60 years.

“These vines represent our past and our future. They are testament to the faith shown in them by producers over the years?,” said Forrester.

“They cared for them when many others would have ripped them out, and the exciting new wines that they will produce are undoubtedly going to add massive momentum to the excellent reputation South Africa has for its Chenin Blanc?.”???

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