Try a Chenin Blanc wine if you like Pinot Gris (Grigio)


Overview of the Chenin Blanc wine varietal

A light-bodied aromatic white wine with high acidity.


Why we like the Chenin Blanc varietal, grape and wine

Chenin Blanc can be just about anything! It makes great sparkling wine, it can be a light and zesty patio sipper or a decadent dessert wine.


Chenin Blanc Pronounciation:



Flavours and aromas of Chenin Blanc wines

  • Fruit: peach, pear, citrus, honeycomb
  • Herbal/Vegetal: chamomile tea, orange blossom
  • Other: honeycomb, ginger


Varietal Pairings – Food pairings for Chenin Blanc

  • Goat Cheese
  • Fish & Chips
  • Roasted Pork
  • Shellfish
  • Spicy foods (with an off-dry Chenin Blanc)


Where are Chenin Blanc grapes grown?


Old World Chenin Blanc Regions

  • Loire Valley, France
  • Limoux, France


New World Chenin Blanc Regions

  • South Africa
  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China


Interesting facts about Chenin Blanc wine

  • Chenin Blanc’s Family Tree:
    • Chenin’s half-sibling is Sauvignon Blanc.
    • One of Chenin’s parents is Savagnin.
    • Chenin is related to Cabernet Sauvignon — Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc are Cabernet Sauvignon’s parents, making Chenin an aunt/uncle.)
  • Most of the Chenin Blanc grapes in South Africa turned into brandy!
  • Chenin Blanc is quite versatile. The styles can be dry, off-dry, sweet or sparkling. In rare cases Chenin Blanc is aged in oak and can be similar to oaked Chardonnay.


Other names for the Chenin Blanc varietal include

Steen, Pineau. Regional Names for Chenin Blanc: Vouvray, Savennières, Crémant de Loire


Our favourite finds for Chenin Blanc wine

L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc (Columbia Valley, USA)
Famille Bougrier “V” Vouvray (Loire Valley, FR)
Cape of Good Hope Chenin Blanc (South Africa)


Dig Deeper: Learn More About Old World vs New World Wines


Like Chenin Blanc? Try A Similar Grape Variety: Pinot Gris (Grigio) or an Unoaked Chardonnay like Chablis.


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