This is richly deserved and long overdue - Chenin and Chenin blends our next big thing and international calling card.
Press release from Nicolette Waterford:
The Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa is proud to announce the signing of a three year sponsorship agreement with Standard Bank in support of a Top 10 Chenin Blanc Competition, to be known as the Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top Ten Challenge. The competition will be open to all Chenin Blanc Association members and entries open on 1 July 2014. An awards ceremony announcing the winners will take place on Wednesday 27 August at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch.
The Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa represents around 100 premium South African Chenin Blanc producers.
The reward to the top 10 winners will be financial and specifically designed to reinforce the economic and social benefits to the workplace and workforce. Winners will receive R20 000 each and the money must be used to reinforce the economic and social benefits in the workplace and to the workforce. “We are proud of our association with Standard Bank because great partnerships make great business and we really look forward to making Chenin Blanc the iconic, quality, South African white wine grape” says Ken Forrester, Chenin Blanc Association Chairperson.
“Standard Bank is always pleased to partner with key role players within South African business sectors that contribute significantly towards our economy. The South African Wine Industry Stats (SAWIS) shows that in 2012 we were the eighth largest wine producer in the world in terms of litres produced. The figures also show that around 320 million litres of wine were sold domestically, and 410 million litres were exported during 2012” says Nico Groenewald, Head of Agribusiness at Standard Bank.
“In line with this, it made sense for us to join forces with the Chenin Blanc Association in support of this initiative,” says Nico Groenewald.
PS exports in 2013 were in excess of 500m litres