Chenin Blanc, known as Steen in south Africa, is most famous for the richly honeyed, floral, and refreshingly acidic wines it produces in the Loire Valley, France. High levels of acidity allow Chenin Blanc wines to age for countless decades. This versatile grape is used for dry wines, sparkling wines and dessert wines and is grown all over the world.
The grape may have been one of the first to be grown in South Africa by Jan Van Riebeeck in 1655,  or it may have come to that country with Huguenots fleeing France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. It became known as Steen, and it was only in 1965 that Steen was recognised as being the same as Chenin Blanc.
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