Chenin Blanc is a versatile white wine grape variety known for its high acidity and aging potential. Most commonly associated with the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc has been cultivated in France for nearly 1300 years; official French documents first mention Chenin Blanc as early as 845. It is only since the 1980s, however, that renewed interest has reinvigorated Chenin Blanc's position as a classic and noble grape variety.
South Africa is the largest grower and producer of Chenin Blanc. It is also the nation’s most planted wine grape. It arrived in South Africa in the mid-17th Century, and was immediately popular for its productivity and its ... more
Coteaux du Layon is the largest (geographically speaking) of the sweet-wine appellations in the Loire Valley's Anjou district. Introduced in 1950, it covers 27 communes to the south of Angers, accounting for roughly 4200 acres (1700ha) of vineyards. A small number of these communes have been identified as the source of particularly fine sweet wines. As a result, they have earned either their own independent appellations or the right to append their village names as a part of the appellation title. Those with their own appellations are Quarts de Chaume (which covers a small area within Rochefort-sur-Loire) and Bonnezeaux (a tiny village next to Fay ... more
Anjou is the winegrowing district around the French city of Angers, in the western Loire Valley. Stylistically diverse, it produces red, white and rosé wines in a range of styles: dry, sweet, still and sparkling. The wines of the district's generic Anjou appellation are not particularly well known or prestigious, but they are complemented by the fragrant Cabernet Franc of ... more
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