Delve Into Dry White Wine In South Africa

Delve Into Dry White Wine In South Africa

In the world of wine, few experiences rival the crisp elegance and refreshing allure of a well-crafted dry white wine. South Africa, a land known for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse terroirs, stands out in the realm of viticulture, producing an array of exquisite varietals that captivate the palate and delight the senses.

In this blog, we will look at what classifies as a dry white wine, uncover the varietals that flourish in South Africa’s sun-kissed soils and temperate climates, and look at two delightful expressions from HER Wines.

What is Dry White Wine?

Dry white wine is a type of wine that has minimal residual sugar, meaning it is not sweet. The sugar in wine comes from the natural sugars found in grapes, and during the fermentation process, the sugar is converted into alcohol. Dry white wines have a crisp, refreshing taste and pair well with a variety of foods, making them a popular choice among wine enthusiasts.

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Understanding Residual Sugar in Dry White Wine

The concept of residual sugar in wine is what separates dry wines from their sweeter counterparts. Residual sugar is the amount of sugar remaining after fermentation has ceased. Wines with less than 1 gram of sugar per litre are typically considered dry. The dry taste is often perceived as crisp and sharp, with a clean finish that allows the wine’s acidity and minerality to shine through.

The Fermentation Process in Dry White Wine

Fermentation is the process that transforms grape juice into wine. Yeast consumes the sugars present in the grapes and converts them into alcohol and carbon dioxide

Fermentation can take place in stainless steel tanks, a method frequently used for several white wines, including Riesling. It can also occur in an open wooden vat, within a wine barrel, or even inside the wine bottle itself, as seen in the production of numerous sparkling wines.

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For dry white wines, winemakers carefully monitor fermentation to ensure that almost all the sugar is converted, leaving very little behind. This careful balance is what gives dry white wines their characteristic taste.

South African Dry White Wine 

South African white wine is gaining recognition in the international wine scene for its unique and complex flavours. The country’s diverse climate and terroir allow for a wide variety of grapes to be grown, resulting in a diverse range of white wines. The most popular white grape varieties in South Africa are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay, but you can also find lesser-known varieties such as Semillon, Viognier, and Riesling.

Dry White Wine: The Diversity of South African Terroir

South Africa’s wine regions boast a variety of soils, climates, and elevations, which contribute to the distinctive terroir of each area. From the cooler coastal regions that are ideal for Sauvignon Blanc to the warmer inland areas that favour robust Chardonnays, the country’s varied geography allows for a multitude of wine styles. This diversity is one of the reasons South African dry white wines have such complex flavour profiles.

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Popular Dry White Wine Varietals and Their Characteristics

Typically, wines produced from the following white grape varieties that are grown in South Africa are dry; however, it’s worth noting that some winemakers might produce slightly sweeter versions to cater to the specific tastes of their consumers:

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is predominantly found to be bone dry white wine, with a distinct acidity. In South Africa, there’s been significant exploration with the techniques of barrel fermentation and oak ageing of Chardonnay, leading to the creation of outstanding wines in various styles. Chardonnay is also utilised in crafting some of the foundational wines for Cap Classique sparkling varieties and is also a component in white blends.

Chardonnay Sign in Vineyards

Chenin Blanc

As the most extensively planted variety in the Cape and known for its adaptability, Chenin Blanc is capable of yielding excellent wines that span the entire range from dry white wine to sweet.

dry white wine - HER Chenin Blanc

Grenache Blanc (Garnacha Blanca) 

This grape typically produces dry white wine with moderate acidity. It boasts a sharp acidity and is known for creating rich, robust wines that feature distinct aromas and flavours of green apple.

Gewürztraminer

Valued for its strong floral scents, Gewürztraminer has flourished for centuries in the Alpine foothills and the Vosges Mountains. Although its fragrance is sweet, many varieties are dry and can develop a savoury character over time. This variety is characterised by a subtle, aromatic flavour profile and a distinctive rose-petal scent, typically resulting in a light, off-dry white wine.

Glasses of white wine in a vineyard

Pinot Gris 

This globally cultivated grape usually results in dry wines and is cultivated on a modest scale in South Africa. This variety yields wines that are rich and harmoniously balanced.

Sauvignon Blanc

This highly aromatic and acidic grape variety is broadly planted worldwide. This variety is typically dry and may exhibit a diverse array of aromas and flavour notes, ranging from the scent of peas and fresh-cut grass to asparagus and tropical nuances such as grapefruit passion fruit.

HER Sauvignon Blanc with a glass poured

Viognier

Predominantly found in the Rhone Valley, this varietal produces flavourful dry wines characterised by white floral, stone fruit aromas, and occasionally a peppery finish.

Dry White Wine from HER Wines

The HER Wine Collection has two exquisite expressions of dry white wine:

The HER Wines 2023 Sauvignon Blanc

The 2023 Sauvignon Blanc from HER Wines showcases aromas reminiscent of freshly mown grass, crisp green apple, and vibrant grapefruit with hints of luscious granadilla flavours, presenting a revitalising and vibrant flavour profile.

dry white wine - a HER member their Sauvignon Blanc

The Her Wines 2023 Chenin Blanc 

This is a bold and revitalising Chenin Blanc wine from HER Wines, boasting a distinct tropical and stone fruit aroma, leading to creamy apple flavours and lingering notes of green melon on the palate.

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Food Pairings with Dry White Wine

Dry white wines can be incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairings, and they can complement a wide array of dishes, from light seafood to chicken and even pork. Dry white wine crispness can cut through richer, creamier dishes or enhance the flavours of lighter fare. A rule of thumb for pairing is to match the wine’s intensity with the food, ensuring that neither overpowers the other.

White Wine Paired with Fish

HER Wines Dry White Wine Food Pairing

The HER Wine Collection’s 2023 Sauvignon Blanc offers a lively and invigorating taste that pleases the senses. Ideally served cold, it beautifully complements a crisp green salad or juicy grilled chicken, turning an everyday moment into something extraordinary.

The HER Wine Collection 2023 Chenin Blanc is an invigorating wine that pairs wonderfully with fresh salads, pasta salads, cheese platters, and even mild curries.

HER Wines Bursary Initiative

Born from the pioneering spirit of the HER Wine Collection, the HER Bursary initiative represents a commitment to support individuals striving to overcome barriers in their professional journey. Recognising the challenges faced by those with aspirations, the HER Wine Collection team has dedicated 2% of our proceeds to establish a bursary. This initiative aims to empower young, ambitious, and talented individuals to pursue their dreams.

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This scholarship is open to families actively involved in grape cultivation for HER Wines. Recipients will not only receive financial assistance for their academic endeavours but also personalised mentorship to navigate the complexities of higher education and career advancement.

Dry White Wine: Explore the World of HER Wines

If you’re seeking some of the best dry white wine in South Africa, then discover our selection available for purchase online through our website, at Woolworths, and now on Takealot. It is also available at various other retail outlets countrywide. 
Stay updated on HER Wines’ latest developments and wine specials by following us on Instagram and Facebook. For any questions about our dry white wines, or if you need any other information, email us at info@herwinecollection.co.za or by phone on 021 873 3170.

Best White Wine in South Africa: A Spotlight on HER Wines

Best White Wine in South Africa: A Spotlight on HER Wines

Cape Town is renowned for its scenic beauty, diverse culture, and of course, its exceptional wines. Among the myriad of wineries dotting the landscape, HER Wine Collection stands out for its commitment to crafting exquisite South African white wine that captures the essence of the region. In this blog, we embark on a delightful journey through HER Wine Collection’s white wines, delving into the unique characteristics of each grape variety, exploring tasting notes, suggesting pairings, and uncovering how some of this best white wine can elevate your culinary adventures.

Who is HER Wines?

HER Wines proudly stands as a pioneering force in the South African wine industry, as the premier enterprise entirely owned and operated by black women. Every aspect of our extraordinary journey, from nurturing the vineyards to creating extraordinary bottles, and overseeing marketing, production and distribution, is driven by the passion and dedication of black women. We value the exchange of ideas, mutual inspiration, and the cultivation of deeper connections within South Africa’s wonderfully diverse communities.

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Best White Wine: HER Wines White Wine Selection

At HER Wines we offer two exceptional expressions of white wine: Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.

Best White Wine: Sauvignon Blanc

The name “Sauvignon Blanc” is derived from the French term ‘Sauvage’, which translates to ‘wild’, giving it the meaning of ‘wild white (vine)’. This grape variety originated in France’s Loire Valley before being introduced to South Africa. The history of Sauvignon Blanc runs deep in South Africa, with records indicating its cultivation as early as 1880 in Constantia. The oldest recognised vine block is located in the Swartland area and was planted around 1965. 

Loire Valley - overlooking vineyards
Loire Valley

The flavour profile of Sauvignon Blanc undergoes significant transformation based on the climate, which makes it one of the best white wines. Cooler climates yield “greener” notes, such as bell peppers, grass, and citrus, while warmer regions produce intense stone and tropical fruit flavours. These wines are distinguished by their minerality, often presenting a flinty or chalky undertone that contributes complexity and depth to the flavour profile. This mineral quality can also impart a subtly bitter finish, complementing the wine’s fruit-forward nature perfectly. 

Best White Wine Tasting Notes

The HER Wines 2023 Sauvignon Blanc exudes notes of freshly cut grass, green apple, and luscious grapefruit and granadilla flavours, offering a refreshing and lively taste profile.

HER Sauvignon Blanc being held

Best White Wine Food Pairing

The Sauvignon Blanc from the HER Wine Collection is a refreshing and vibrant choice that delights the palate. Best enjoyed chilled, it pairs perfectly with a refreshing green salad or succulent grilled chicken, transforming an ordinary day into a remarkable experience.

Best White Wine: Chenin Blanc

Beyond France, South Africa stands as a significant advocate for Chenin Blanc and with over 19,000 hectares dedicated to its cultivation, the country outstrips the grape’s native land in vineyard acreage. Introduced in 1655 by the Dutch East India Company, Chenin Blanc, also known locally as “Steen,” has evolved from a staple grape to a focal point of fine winemaking in South Africa, especially among producers nurturing old bush vines. 

chenin blanc grapes in vineyard

The grape’s inherent high acidity plays a pivotal role in the remarkable diversity of wine styles derived from Chenin Blanc. This intense acidity contributes structural integrity and vibrancy to both still and sparkling wines, complementing the grape’s waxy and honeyed notes. 

Best White Wine Tasting Notes

This is a daring yet invigorating Chenin Blanc wine with a pronounced tropical and stone fruit fragrance, giving way to creamy apple and lingering green melon notes on the finish.

Best White Wine Food Pairing

The HER Wines Chenin Blanc is delightful when paired with fresh salads, pasta salads, cheese boards and even light curries.

HER Chenin Blanc with wine glass

Cooking with HER Wines

Wines are not only delicious to drink but can also add that little bit of extra to your meals when it is used in cooking. Discover the art of cooking with some of the best white wine to enhance your culinary creations: from rich Chenin Blancs for creamy sauces to citrusy Sauvignon Blancs for seafood, the diverse flavour profiles of the wines and different cooking techniques can enhance a wide range of dishes. Let us uncover the perfect pairing and cooking methods to bring out the best in your meals:

Cooking with Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc, renowned for its fruity, herbal, and floral notes, introduces a wonderful dimension when used in vegetable-based cooking. It’s notably one of the most versatile wines for culinary use, and you can simply incorporate a splash of the wine to deglaze the sauté pan.

Sauvignon Blanc with a Glass of Wine

For an exceptional culinary experience, consider pairing this wine with artichokes, eggplant, swiss chard, Mediterranean-style tomato dishes, bell peppers, mushrooms and garlic. You can consider enhancing the flavours with a touch of lemon and butter for added richness and perfectly balanced acidity. 

Cooking with Chenin Blanc

When preparing cream sauces, gravy, and chicken dishes, opt for thicker and intensely flavoured dry white wines such as Chenin Blanc. Chenin, known for its richness and availability, is a popular choice for these kinds of culinary applications. Cooking with wine in cream sauces or gravies can be challenging due to the need to balance acidity, and it is important to monitor the wine reduction. In order to navigate this successfully, it’s best to reduce the wine before incorporating the cream.

General Tips for Cooking with White Wine: 

  • Keep in mind that the longer the wine is cooked, the less alcohol will remain in the dish. It may take up to 2.5 hours of simmering to completely remove the alcohol.
  • When preparing cream sauces, cook the wine separately and reduce it by half before adding the cream. Most recipes recommend using 1/2 to 3/4 cup of wine.
  • When cooking shellfish, incorporate wine into the broth for steaming or poaching (e.g., mussels, clams, oysters).
  • Opened, refrigerated white wine remains drinkable for up to a week and is suitable for cooking for two weeks.
  • Add a few tablespoons of wine to marinades to tenderise the meat and enhance caramelisation during cooking.
  • After sautéing vegetables, deglaze the pan by adding a few tablespoons of one of the best of white wine.
best white wine - creamy mussels

HER Bursary

Within the HER Wine Collection, our exceptional team of women understands the challenges encountered on the path to professional success and we know the hurdles faced by young people striving to carve their own way in the world. This fuels our dedicated commitment to providing assistance, and so we have pledged 2% of our profits to a bursary fund aimed at supporting the dreams and goals of aspiring young minds and helping them to transform their aspirations into tangible reality.

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Selected recipients will not only receive financial aid for their education but also critical mentorship, guiding them through the complexities of tertiary studies and supporting their pursuit of a fulfilling career. By working together, we can create a brighter, better future.

Purchase HER Wines

Indulging in our exceptional wines, which are some of the best white wine in South Africa, is easily accessible and available to buy at various retailers nationwide, including Woolworths stores or online. Stay updated with the latest news from the HER Wine Collection by connecting with us on Instagram and Facebook. For more details or inquiries regarding our delightful wines, to stay up to date with our wine specials or to make a purchase, please contact us via email at info@herwinecollection.co.za or call us at 021 873 3170.

The Art of Tasting Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

The Art of Tasting Wine: A Beginner’s Guide

Tasting wine is an experience that can be both enjoyable and intimidating for beginners, yet with so many different types of wine, flavours, and techniques, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. But fear not; with a little knowledge and practice, anyone can become a wine tasting pro.

In this beginner’s guide, we’ll cover the basics of tasting wine, including techniques, terminology, and what to wear to a wine tasting. So grab a glass, and let’s dive into the interesting art of tasting wine.

Tasting Wine: 5 Techniques

Group of People Tasting Wine

Before we get into the specifics of tasting wine, it’s important to understand the basic techniques, as these techniques will help you fully experience the wine and pick up on its unique flavours and characteristics.

1. Observe the Colour When Tasting Wine

Begin your wine tasting journey by first observing the appearance of the wine. Gently lift the glass towards the light and pay close attention to its colour and clarity. Red wines span a spectrum of hues, from delicate ruby to rich purple, showcasing a diverse range of shades. 

White wines, on the other hand, encompass a variety of tones, ranging from subtle pale yellow to lustrous golden, offering a wide array of colours to appreciate. The colour of the wine can give you an indication of the wine’s age and grape variety.

2. Swirl the Wine

Next, gently swirl the wine in your glass. This helps to release the wine’s aromas and flavours. Swirling also coats the inside of the glass, allowing you to see the “legs” of the wine. These are the droplets that form on the side of the glass and can indicate the wine’s body and alcohol content.

Man Swirling

3. Smell the Wine When Tasting Wine

After swirling, take a deep sniff of the wine. The aroma can give you a sense of the wine’s complexity and flavours. Try to identify any specific scents, such as fruits, spices, or oak.

4. Sip the Wine When Tasting Wine

Take a small sip of the wine and let it sit on your tongue for a few seconds. This allows the wine to coat your mouth and for you to pick up on its flavours and body. Swish the wine around in your mouth before swallowing or spitting it out into a spittoon.

Woman Sipping on Wine

5. Savour the Aftertaste When Tasting Wine

After swallowing, take note of the wine’s aftertaste or finish. Does it linger on your palate or disappear quickly? This can give you an indication of the wine’s quality and complexity.

Tasting Wine: Terminology

When it comes to tasting wine, there are a few key wine tasting terms that you should know, as these terms can help you better understand and describe the wine you are tasting:

Acidity

When tasting wine, you may notice a tingling sensation at the back of your throat, which stimulates salivation. This sensation is caused by the presence of acids in the wine, which enhance its taste. The longer your mouth waters, the higher the acidity of the wine.

Balanced

A balanced wine is one in which the fruit, alcohol, and acidity are in perfect harmony, with no single element overpowering the others.

Body

Wine body refers to the fullness and texture of the wine in the mouth. Full-bodied wines have a rich and robust taste, often with higher alcohol content, while wines with a lighter body feel more delicate on the palate.

Sommelier Pouring

Bold

Bold wines are characterised by their intense and pronounced flavours, often dominated by fruity notes, while elegant wines, on the other hand, are more subtle and refined in taste.

Bouquet

The bouquet of a wine refers to its aroma or smell. When tasting wine, you may encounter bouquets that are reminiscent of fruits, spices, flowers, herbs, earth, or other elements.

Man Smelling

Complexity

Complexity refers to the different layers of flavours and aromas in a wine. A complex wine will have multiple flavours and aromas that evolve and change as you taste it.

Notes

Wine notes are the specific flavours and aromas that you can pick up on while tasting the wine. These can range from fruits and spices to more unique notes like leather or tobacco.

Woman Tasting White Wine

Variety

The term grape variety refers to the specific type of grape, akin to the scientific species, such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Varietal

The term varietal is applied to wines crafted solely from one grape type or heavily influenced by one type of grape. Some wine varietals include Shiraz, Pinotage, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

For example, a wine that contains 85% Chardonnay is classified as a Chardonnay varietal despite the fact that the other 15% is composed of different elements.

Tasting Wine: Flavours and Complexity

One of the most exciting aspects of tasting wine is discovering the different wine flavours and wine complexity of each wine. Here are a few common flavours and characteristics that you may encounter while tasting wine:

  • Fruits: Wines can have a range of fruit flavours, from citrus and berries to tropical fruits like pineapple and mango.
  • Spices: Some wines may have hints of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or black pepper.
  • Oak: Wines aged in oak barrels may have notes of vanilla, caramel, or toast.
  • Tannins: Tannins are compounds found in grape skins and can give the wine a bitter or astringent taste. They can also add structure and complexity to the wine.
  • Acidity: Acidity is a crucial component of wine and can give it a crisp, refreshing taste.
  • Sweetness: Wines can range from bone-dry to very sweet, depending on the amount of residual sugar left in the wine.
Tasting Wine Varietals

Tasting Wine: Tips for Beginners

Here are a few additional tips to help you get the most out of your wine tasting experience:

  • Start with lighter wines and work your way up to heavier, more complex wines.
  • Take breaks between tastings to cleanse your palate with water or crackers.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for recommendations from the tasting room staff.
  • Take notes on the wines you taste to help you remember your favourites.
  • Don’t feel pressured to finish every wine you taste. It’s okay to spit or pour out wine you don’t enjoy into a dump bucket.

What To Wear When Tasting Wine

Tasting Wine - Group of Friends Cheersing

Have you been wondering what you should wear when tasting wine at a venue or of there are specific wine tasting outfits? While there is no specific dress code for wine tasting, it’s important to wear something that you are comfortable in, that is suitable for the weather, and also for the type of wine farm you are visiting. Some boutique farms might be quite casual, while some upmarket wine farms could require a more formal clothing choice. Here are some wine tasting outfit ideas if you are stuck on what to wear.

Here are a few tips for what to wear to a wine tasting at any wine farm:

  • Avoid strong perfumes or colognes, as they can interfere with your ability to smell and taste the wine.
  • Opt for comfortable shoes, as you may be standing for long periods of time.
  • Dress in layers, as wine tasting rooms can be cool.
  • Avoid wearing white or light-coloured clothing, as spills and stains are common during wine tastings.

Tasting Wine: Events and Tours

If you’re looking to expand your experience of tasting wine, consider attending a wine tasting in Cape Town perhaps consider joining one or two wine tasting tours in Cape Town, many of which offer transport so you can enjoy the day freely. These events often feature a variety of wines from the area and can be a great way to discover new favourites.

Some of the best wine tastings in Cape Town offer tours of their vineyards and production facilities, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process. These tours often include tastings and can be a fun and educational experience for wine lovers. Many wineries also offer add-ons to their wine tasting, such as delicious wine and chocolate tasting, which helps to bring out more of the different flavours of the wines. If you would like to find a wine tasting venue or a tour, simply search ‘wine tasting near me’ online.

HER Wine Collective

The HER Wine Collection stands as a pioneering force in South Africa’s wine industry. As the first enterprise completely owned and operated by black women, we take immense pride in every aspect of our journey. From tending to the vineyards to crafting exquisite bottles and overseeing production, marketing, and distribution, it’s all handled with love and dedication by black women. We deeply value the power of exchanging ideas, motivating one another, and fostering stronger connections within South Africa’s beautifully diverse communities.

Her Wine Shiraz being poured

HER Bursary

At the HER Wine Collection, our team of extraordinary women understands the obstacles on the path to professional success. We empathise with the challenges young individuals face in forging their own way in the world, which fuels our passion to lend a hand up. That’s why we have committed to donating 2% of our profits to a bursary fund aimed at nurturing the dreams of ambitious young minds and empowering them to transform their aspirations into reality.

Our remarkable scholarship is exclusively available to applicants from families working on the vineyards that supply grapes for the HER Wine Collection. Chosen recipients will not only receive financial assistance for their education but also benefit from invaluable mentorship, guiding them through the intricacies of tertiary studies and the pursuit of a fulfilling career. 

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Buy HER Wines

Our wines are available to purchase at a Woolworths near you or Woolworths online, as well as other retailers country-wide. Stay in the know about all the latest happenings at the HER Wine Collection by joining us on our Instagram and Facebook pages. For any additional information or inquiries regarding our exquisite wines, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email at info@herwinecollection.co.za or call us at 021 873 3170. And if you enjoyed our blog on tasting wine, then have a look at our other interesting posts on our HER Blog.

Wine Bottle Aesthetics: Shapes, Colours & Sizes Explained

Wine Bottle Aesthetics: Shapes, Colours & Sizes Explained

There is an art and a science in the design of a wine bottle. Its shape, size, and colour play crucial roles beyond just aesthetics. Each element tells a story about the wine it holds, offering clues about its origin, grape variety, and even how it might taste.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the fascinating world of wine bottle aesthetics, diving into the relationship between bottle shapes and different grapes, understanding the five main bottle shapes, learning about various bottle sizes, and finally, unveiling the significance of different wine bottle colours. This guide promises to deepen your appreciation for the wine bottle as more than just a vessel but a symbol of the rich tapestry that is winemaking.

The Importance of Wine Packaging

Before we look into the specifics of wine bottle aesthetics, it’s essential to understand why packaging is crucial for wine sales when you bottle wine.

Attracting Consumers with a Wine Bottle

Wine Bottle - Bottles of Wine

In a crowded market which is filled with thousands of bottles of wine, the packaging of a bottle of wine can be the deciding factor for consumers when choosing which bottle to take home. A visually appealing bottle can catch the eye and stand out among the competition, making it more likely to be picked up and purchased.

Setting the Tone with a Wine Bottle

The packaging of a wine bottle can also set the tone for the overall wine experience. A sleek and modern bottle may suggest a more refined and sophisticated taste, while a playful and colourful design may indicate a more casual and fun drinking experience.

Reflecting Brand Identity with a Wine Bottle

Wine packaging is also an opportunity for wineries to showcase their brand identity and values. The design of the bottle can convey a sense of tradition, luxury, or innovation, depending on the target audience and brand messaging.

The 5 Principle Wine Bottle Shapes

When it comes to wine bottle aesthetics, the shape of the bottle can hold significant importance as different wine bottle shapes are not only visually appealing but serve functional purposes as well. 

Let’s explore the five main wine bottle shapes:

1. Bordeaux Wine Bottle

The Bordeaux bottle is the most common and recognisable wine bottle shape. One defining feature of it is its straight sides and high shoulders. This shape is often used for a red wine bottle, especially those from the Bordeaux region of France; however, it can also be used for white wines, and these bottles fit well into any wine holder.

Wine Bottle - Bordeaux

The high shoulders of the Bordeaux bottle serve a functional purpose. They allow for the build-up of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, making it ideal for wines that require ageing. The straight sides also make it much easier to stack and store the bottles.

2. Burgundy Wine Bottle

The Burgundy bottle is similar to the Bordeaux bottle in shape but has sloping shoulders and a wider body. This shape is primarily used for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from the Burgundy region of France.

The sloping shoulders of the Burgundy bottle make it easier to pour the wine, as it allows for a smoother flow. The wider body also provides more surface area for the wine to come into contact with the cork, aiding in the ageing process.

3. Rhône Wine Bottle

The Rhône bottle is specifically designed for wines from the Rhône Valley in France. It is characterised by its broad shoulders and straight sides, similar to the Bordeaux bottle. However, the Rhône bottle is typically shorter and squatter in shape.

The Rhône bottle shape is ideal for wines that are meant to be consumed at a younger age. It allows for more compact storage and is often used for red wines such as Syrah and Grenache.

4. Champagne Wine Bottle

The Champagne bottle, also known as the sparkling wine bottle, is distinct with its deep punt (the indentation at the bottom of the bottle) and thick glass. This shape is specifically designed for sparkling wines, including Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava.

Man Opening Up Champagne

The deep punt of the Champagne bottle serves a functional purpose by withstanding the pressure of the sparkling wine. Additionally, the thick glass helps to maintain the temperature of the wine during storage and transportation, ensuring that the wine stays crisp and refreshing.

5. Alsace or Rhine Wine Bottle

The Alsace or Rhine bottle, also known as the Hock bottle, is tall and slender with a long neck. This shape is primarily used for white wines, particularly Riesling and Gewürztraminer, from the Alsace region in France or the Rhine region in Germany.

The long neck of the Alsace or Rhine bottle serves a functional purpose by catching sediment and preventing it from being poured into the glass. The tall and slender shape also helps to preserve the delicate aromas and flavours of the white wines.

Wine Bottle Shapes: Trends & Tradition

The preference for different bottle shapes in the wine industry is not entirely dictated by strict rules, but we can observe some trends and historical influences that provide insights into the connection between bottle shapes and the grapes used in the wine, as well as their geographical origins.

Generally, the shape of a wine bottle is often associated with the specific grape varieties used in the wine and the regions where those grapes are primarily cultivated. For instance, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are often found in the classic Burgundy-shaped bottles, reflecting their origins in the Burgundy region of France. 

Bartender Pouring

Similarly, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc grapes are typically sold in Bordeaux bottles, as these varietals are closely associated with the Bordeaux region.

The reasons behind the use of different bottle shapes in various regions remain a subject of debate among wine enthusiasts, and no definitive conclusion has been reached. It has been speculated that in the past, wines produced in specific regions would have largely stayed within those regions and been primarily consumed by local residents and taverns. This may have led to the development of distinct bottle shapes in each region, making it easier for local wineries to establish a recognisable identity for their products.

The Wine Bottle: Maintaining Traditions 

As the wine industry expanded into the New World, wineries often adhered to the traditional bottle shapes of the Old World. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon produced in 20th century California would have been bottled in a similar fashion to its counterpart from 18th century France. This continuity in bottle shapes across different regions and time periods can be attributed to the industry’s adherence to established practices and the desire to maintain a sense of tradition.

In summary, while wine bottle dimensions and shapes and their association with different grape varieties and regions may not have definitive explanations, they do reflect the historical influences, regional identities, and adherence to traditional practices within the wine industry.

Wine Bottle Colours

The colour of the glass used for wine bottles is a crucial consideration for winemakers, as it serves multiple purposes and can have a significant impact on the wine. 

Here are some reasons why the colour of a wine bottle is so important:

Traditional European Uses

Many winemakers adhere to traditional practices and choose glass colours based on regional traditions. For instance, if a winemaker is producing Cabernet Sauvignon in California, they might choose a bottle that reflects the European counterpart, such as Bordeaux. This can serve as an effective marketing tool, connecting consumers to the inspiration behind the wine. Glass colours associated with countries like France and Germany are often referenced when following traditional practices.

Bottle Colors

Marketing

Glass colour selection can also be influenced by visual aesthetics, design, and packaging. Some winemakers choose bottle colours that complement their label design or align with their marketing goals. Occasionally, even blue bottles can be seen in the market. Marketing considerations play a role in the decision-making process, as presentation and sales are important aspects of the wine business.

Wine Integrity

One of the most critical factors influencing glass colour choice is the integrity of the wine. Winemakers must consider whether to use a clear bottle that displays the wine’s colour or a dark bottle that provides UV protection. Sunlight and fluorescent light can negatively impact wine, resulting in light struck flavours. Clear glass allows more light to pass through and can increase the risk of light damage. Darker glass provides better UV protection, safeguarding the wine from light-related off-flavours.

4 Common Wine Bottle Colours

Here are the most common wine bottle colours and their meanings:

1. Clear/Flint Wine Bottle

Clear wine bottles are often associated with white wines, as they allow the colour of the wine to be seen. They can also be used for rosé and sparkling wines.

Clear bottles can convey a sense of freshness and purity, making them a popular choice for young, crisp white wines. They may, however, not be suitable for wines that require ageing, as they do not provide protection from UV light.

2. Green Wine Bottle

Green wine bottles are most commonly used for white wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. They can also be used for red wines, such as Pinot Noir.

Green bottles are often associated with traditional winemaking and can convey a sense of quality and sophistication. They also provide some protection from UV light, making them suitable for wines that require ageing.

Sauvignon Blanc in Hands

3. Amber/Brown Wine Bottle

Brown wine bottles are most commonly used for red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They can also be used for white wines, such as Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Brown bottles are often associated with premium wines and can convey a sense of luxury and elegance. They provide the most protection from UV light, making them ideal for wines that require ageing.

Chenin Blanc and Glass

4. Blue Wine Bottle

Blue wine bottles are not as common as other colours but are often used for white wines, particularly Riesling and Chardonnay. They can also be used for rosé and sparkling wines.

Blue bottles can convey a sense of freshness and uniqueness, making them a popular choice for young, crisp white wines. As they unfortunately do not provide protection from UV light, they are not suitable for wines that require ageing.

Wine Bottle Sizes

Wine and Champagne are bottled in various sizes, offering options for different occasions. While the standard wine bottle size is 750ml, there are several other sizes available that cater to specific needs. 

It also begs the question, “How many glasses of wine in a bottle?”. A standard 750ml bottle of wine contains about 5 glasses of wine, so it becomes quite simple to work out the number of glasses in the bigger bottles by multiplying the glasses by the bottle sizes.

Split (187.5ml)

The Split size, one of the small wine bottles, is commonly used for single glasses of Champagne. Equivalent to 187.5ml, it is also known as “Piccolo” in Italian.

Half (375ml)

The Half bottle holds half the size of a standard wine bottle, with a capacity of 375ml. Referred to as “Demi” in France, it is a convenient option for smaller servings.

Standard (750ml)

The Standard wine bottle size, with a capacity of 750ml, is the universal size for most wines around the world. It is the bottle size commonly found in wine merchants and supermarkets.

Magnum (1.5L)

The Magnum bottle size is equivalent to double the standard bottle, holding 1.5L of wine. It is often chosen for ageing wines or special occasions.

Variation of Bottle Sizes

Double Magnum/Jeroboam (3.0L)

The Double Magnum, also known as Jeroboam, holds 3.0L of wine. It is equivalent to two Magnums or four standard bottles, making it ideal for larger gatherings or collectors.

Rehoboam (4.5L)

The Rehoboam is a big bottle of wine that holds 4.5L of wine, equivalent to six standard bottles. It is a great choice for festive occasions and larger gatherings.

Imperial (6.0L)

The Imperial is an impressive bottle size, holding 6.0L of wine. It is equal to eight standard bottles or two Double Magnums. The Imperial is often associated with celebrations and special events.

Salmanazar (9.0L)

The Salmanazar bottle size holds 9.0L of wine, which is equivalent to twelve standard bottles. It is a rare find and adds grandeur to significant celebrations.

Balthazar (12.0L)

The Balthazar bottle size holds 12.0L of wine, equal to sixteen standard bottles or two Imperials. It is a rare and impressive size, often reserved for special occasions and collectors.

Nebuchadnezzar (15.0L)

The Nebuchadnezzar is the pinnacle of wine bottle sizes, holding an astounding 15.0L of wine. It is equivalent to twenty standard bottles and is reserved for exceptional celebrations and events.

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At the HER Wine Collection, our extraordinary team of women understands the hurdles encountered on the path to professional success. We empathise with the challenges faced by young individuals striving to forge their own paths, which fuels our passionate commitment to offering a hand up. That is why we have dedicated ourselves to donating 2% of our profits to a bursary fund aimed at nurturing the dreams of ambitious young minds and empowering them to transform their aspirations into tangible reality.

Our exceptional scholarship is exclusively available to applicants from families working on the vineyards that supply grapes for the HER Wine Collection. Chosen recipients will receive not only financial assistance for their education but also invaluable mentorship, guiding them through the intricacies of tertiary studies and supporting their pursuit of a fulfilling career. Together, we can create a brighter, better future.

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How To Unlock the Potential in Every Bottle of Wine

How To Unlock the Potential in Every Bottle of Wine

Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a budding enthusiast, every bottle of wine holds the promise of an extraordinary experience. In this blog, we delve into the fascinating world of wine with a focus on unlocking its full potential. We will share some insider knowledge and handy tips to help you discover the hidden depths within each wine bottle, from the proper storage conditions to handy gadgets and understanding how to taste wine correctly.

Getting The Most Out of Your Bottle of Wine: 5 Tips and Tricks

1. Age Your Wine

Just as we evolve, mature, and improve with age, so does wine. The colour, aroma, taste, and feel of wine all transform over time. Of course, only some readers may have a wine cellar at their disposal, but fortunately, you don’t need one to store and age wine well.

Here are some key considerations when ageing and storing wine at home:

  • Ideal Temperature Ageing Bottle of Wine: Maintain a temperature between 11-14˚c for your wine. Cooler temperatures might dry out the cork, while warmer ones can hasten the ageing process.
  • Light and Your Bottle of Wine: Keep your wine away from direct sunlight to prevent it from going stale prematurely.
  • Positioning The Bottle of Wine: If possible, store your wine horizontally to avoid air leakage into the bottle that could cause premature oxidation.
  • Avoid Disturbances: Minimise disturbances to your bottle of wine. Vibrations can agitate the tannins, which isn’t ideal for long-term ageing.
  • Location Location Location: Avoid storing wine in the kitchen or garage, as these areas experience significant variables in temperature, sunlight, and humidity.
Personal Wine Cellar

Once you’ve identified the perfect spot to store your wine at home, age your wine for approximately two to three years; after this amount of time, you can expect some changes in its flavour profile as it ages. Younger wines usually exhibit more floral and vibrant fruit flavours like black cherry, currant, and boysenberry. In contrast, older wines often develop more savoury, earthy tones like cedar, leather, and autumn leaves.

Ideally, ask the winemaker how long to age the wine as different wines have different ageing potentials. Depending on many factors, some wines shouldn’t be aged longer than 3 years, but some wines can be aged for up to 50 years or more.

2. Aerators: What Do They Do to Your Bottle of Wine?

An aerator serves the purpose of oxygenating a glass of wine to enhance its flavour and aroma. For instance, if a bottle of nice red wine promises notes of cherry, cloves and blackberry, an aerator can accentuate these flavours. It can also mellow particular tastes in the wine, making it more enjoyable.

Wine Aerator

Given that most wine buyers will drink their purchases within months, if not weeks or days, and may not be interested in or have time for wine ageing, an aerator could be pretty helpful. It can reveal the subtleties of certain flavours that would otherwise take years to emerge.

3. Let Your Bottle of Wine Breathe With a Decanter

The process of allowing a wine to breathe varies depending on the wine’s age and how long ago it was bottled. A wine that is less than three years old typically requires little to no breathing time. On the other hand, a wine that’s a decade or older would benefit from an hour of exposure to air.

In terms of letting your wine breathe, you could simply uncork a bottle and let it stand for an hour. If you wish to reduce this time, pouring it into a decanter will expose the wine to more air and surface area. Every wine can benefit from some breathing time. Allowing wine to breathe amplifies its aromatic profile, thereby enhancing your sensory experience.

Pouring Wine into a Decanter

4. Use the Correct Wine Glass for the Bottle of Wine

Red wine glasses are typically taller and have larger bowls compared to white wine glasses. This design encourages more contact between the wine and oxygen. Since red wine often needs more time to ‘open up’, a bigger bowl provides more surface area for the wine to breathe, thus releasing its aroma and flavours.

In contrast, white wine glasses are usually shorter and have smaller bowls compared to red wine glasses. This design brings the wine closer to your nose since the aromas of white wines are generally subtler.

5. Tasting Tips for Your Bottle of Wine

Step 1: On The Nose

It might be challenging initially to look beyond the vinous aroma, but a helpful method is to switch between brief, sharp sniffs and slow, lengthy inhalations. Have a look at the tasting notes and see if you can detect the aromas mentioned by the winemaker.

Bottle of wine - Wine on the Nose

Step 2: Master the Swirl

Swirling wine actually amplifies the release of aromatic compounds into the air. Consider watching a quick tutorial on how to swirl wine properly. Also, pay attention to the legs (the lines that appear on the glass after swirling) as they are an indication of the alcohol or sugar content of the wine and indicate a fuller-bodied or richer textured wine.

Step 3: Discover More Tastes During Sampling Your Bottle of Wine

Consider taking a large sip of wine initially, followed by several smaller ones. This allows you to identify and distinguish flavours. Concentrate on one taste at a time. Always start with broad flavour categories before narrowing down to specific ones, for example, transitioning from the broad category of black fruits to more specific flavours like dark plum, roasted mulberry, or jammy blackberry.

Bottle of Wine: Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Glasses of Wine in a Bottle?

Wine bottle sizes and wine bottle dimensions can differ quite a bit. A typical wine bottle holds 750ml and provides approximately 5 glasses of wine, while a magnum wine bottle, a big bottle of wine) contains 1.5l (twice the size of a standard bottle), offering around 10 glasses of wine.

Cheersing Together

How Many Calories in a Bottle of Red Wine?

A standard bottle of wine contains 5 glasses, and a big bottle (magnum) would then contain 10 glasses of wine. If one glass of wine contains about 133 calories, then a standard bottle of wine would contain about 665 calories, double that in a magnum wine bottle.

What is the Average Alcohol Content in a Bottle of Red Wine?

Red wine alcohol percentage typically ranges from 12% to 15%, averaging around 13.5% ABV. This is generally higher than what you’ll find in white wines. Red wine grapes are often picked late in the harvest season, which means they contain more sugar than the grapes used for white wines. As a result, during fermentation, these sugars translate into a higher alcohol concentration in the red wine bottle.

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HER Wine Collection Pinotage 2022: Leaves a lasting impression on the palate with its luscious, mature red berry flavours and fragrant, spicy undertones. This medium-bodied wine is characterised by its silky tannins. The ageing potential for our Pinotage is 1-5 years from the year of vintage.

HER Wine Collection Shiraz 2022: Featuring a blend of deep dark berry flavours and nuances of vanilla and spice, resulting in a captivating, complex wine. This medium-bodied offering possesses depth and leaves a long-lasting impression on the palate. Ageing potential for this wine is 1-5 years from the year of vintage.

HER Wine Sauvignon Blanc 2023: A fruity, zesty crowd-pleaser with flavours of passion fruit, pineapple and lemon and is best served chilled. Ageing potential for this bottle of wine is within 1 year from the year of vintage.

HER Wine Chenin Blanc 2023 is a bold, flavourful wine with tropical fruit aromas and flavours of yellow apple, green melon and white pear that’s guaranteed to delight and impress. Ageing potential for our Chein Blanc is 1-3 years after the year of vintage.

Chenin Blanc: An Insider’s Guide

Chenin Blanc: An Insider’s Guide

Chenin Blanc has a rich and captivating history, from its humble beginnings in France to its exciting journey to South African shores. But how did it become the most planted grape variety in South Africa, and what can you expect to discover when you open a bottle of Chenin Blanc? In this blog post, we will explore the origins of the variety, how it came to South Africa and how it has grown in popularity over the last few hundred years. We will also share with you the various styles and how they affect the flavour profile of the wine, as well as compare the flavours of Chenin Blanc to Sauvignon Blanc.

Chenin Blanc: A Historical Snapshot

The story of Chenin Blanc goes back as far as 845 with Charles le Chauve, also fondly known as Charles the Bald, who was the King of West Francia, King of Italy and Emperor of the Carolingian Empire. In one of his essays, he wrote about a variety called “plant d’Anjou” and mentioned donating it to the Saint-Maur de Glanfeuil Abbey in the Loire Valley, France.

When Charles became King of England and France, his court favoured serving Anjou wines and began purchasing these wines from the monasteries in the Loire Valley. The monasteries in this region of France each had their own enclosed plot of vines at this time and played a pivotal role in developing the Anjou-Saumur wine region that we know today. Due to the demand for Anjou wines, the vineyards began to expand rapidly, and in the 15th century the variety was exported to the Touraine region of the Loire Valley, where it was christened with a new name ‘Chenin Blanc’ in honour of Mont Chenin.

Anjou-Saumur wine region

The Journey to South Africa

Chenin Blanc has a rich and captivating story in wine history in South Africa, tracing its roots back to the year 1655. It’s believed that it was among the first vine cuttings introduced to the region during the era of Jan van Riebeeck, the Dutch colonial administrator who served as the Commander of the Cape from 1652-1662. The varieties brought included Fransdruif (Palomino), Groendruif (Semillon), and Steen (Chenin Blanc).

On the 2nd of February, 1659, the first pressing of these grapes took place and are believed to come from two-year-old vines grown from the cuttings that arrived on the ships Dordrecht and Parel. The assumption is that these documented pressings were of the Steen variety, made from the cuttings that arrived from France in 1656.

Chenin Blanc - Grapes being Harvested

The true identity of Steen remained a mystery until 1962 when Professor C.J. Orffer of Stellenbosch University found a revelation in Volume III of GALET. He came across the term ‘Franche’ and an illustration of a vine leaf that bore a striking resemblance to that of Steen. To confirm his hypothesis, he brought over Chenin Blanc shoots from the Loire region and grew them in South Africa. He then compared these leaves with those of Steen, and upon finding an exact match, he declared Steen to be the same as Chenin blanc which at the time was already widely cultivated in South Africa.

Cultivation in South Africa

Up until the early 1970s, Chenin Blanc was the main variety grown in the South African wine industry as there was an increased demand for clean, crisp and off-dry white wines that were fairly neutral in flavour. Chenin Blanc’s popularity hasn’t waivered, and in 2021, it was the most widely cultivated grape varieties in South Africa, with about 19,000 hectares recorded. 

Chenin Blanc Grapes

Chenin Blanc thrives in South Africa due to a combination of factors, including the climate, soil conditions, and the vinification methods used. South Africa’s climate is remarkably suitable for growing Chenin Blanc, and the grape is notably resistant to heat, but it particularly flourishes in regions where it can receive ample sunshine along with some cooling elements. The balance found in many South African wine regions allows the grape to ripen fully while still maintaining its trademark acidity.

In terms of soil, Chenin Blanc is adaptable to a variety of types, and the diversity across different wine regions allows for a wide range of expressions of the grape, which ultimately contributes to its versatility in style from dry and crisp to sweet and rich.

Person Holding Soil in Hands

The vinification methods employed by South African winemakers also play a significant role, and they have been incredibly successful in producing well-made Chenins that showcase impressive ageing potential by using both inoculated and natural fermentation processes. 

The establishment of the Chenin Blanc Association in 2000 has greatly contributed to the growth and development of this varietal in South Africa. The association has promoted the production of high-quality Chenin Blanc wines and aims to help boost the varietal on the international stage.

Flavour Profile

Chenin Blanc is a white grape variety that offers an exciting range of flavours and aromas, making it an appealing choice for wine enthusiasts. When young, this wine is fresh, crisp, and vibrant, with notable tastes of green apple, quince, and pear. Its high acidity gives it a zesty, refreshing quality that can be quite invigorating on the palate.

As Chenin Blanc ages, it evolves beautifully, developing more complex and layered flavours. The fresh green apple and pear notes mature into baked apple and ripe pear while the bright acidity mellows, allowing sweeter elements like honey to come forward. These changes bring an intriguing and satisfying depth of flavour to the wine.

Chenin Blanc - Wine Glass with Chenin

The winemaking style plays a key role in shaping the final profile of Chenin Blanc. When produced in a dry style, the wine can be lean and mineral-driven with a focus on its bright fruit flavours and high acidity. In contrast, when made in a richer style or allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, Chenin Blanc can exhibit a creamy, full-bodied texture that balances its natural acidity with a luxurious richness. To enhance the complexity of the wine, winemakers may also choose to age Chenin Blanc in mature oak barrels as opposed to steel barrels to impart a smooth, butter-like flavour to the wine.

Whether you prefer your wine fresh and fruity or rich and complex, Chenin Blanc offers something for everyone. Its versatility, combined with its inherent charm and complexity, makes it a fascinating wine to explore.

Is Chenin Blanc Dry or Sweet?

The Chenin Blanc taste can exhibit a spectrum of flavours ranging from bone-dry to lusciously sweet, so the answer to the question ‘Is chenin blanc sweet or dry?’ will depend on the bottle you purchase. We recommend reading the tasting notes of the bottle you wish to try to ensure it aligns with your preferred level of sweetness. 

Below, you can see the broad array of styles that Chenin Blanc can provide, which only further highlights its versatility and adaptability:

  • Dry Style: The grapes undergo complete fermentation, which retains their freshness, resulting in a crisp, mineral-rich wine with hints of florals and flavours of tart pear, apple, quince, pepper and straw.
  • Off-dry Style: This style leaves some natural sugars unfermented in the wine, leading to a flavour profile of ripe pear, baked apple, peach, guava and honeysuckle.
  • Sweet Style: These tend to have flavours of tropical fruits, marmalade, honeycomb and ginger and with noble rot, these wines can provide hints of saffron and smoke.
  • Sparkling Style: Regardless of the level of sweetness of the sparkling wine, the flavours of quince, yellow apple, plum, ginger, and floral tones tend to shine through.
Chenin Blanc - Women Tasting Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc vs Sauvignon Blanc

When it comes to comparing Chenin vs Sauvignon Blanc, both are popular white grape varieties originating in France, yet each offers a unique set of characteristics and flavour profiles. The flavour profile of Chenin Blanc typically includes notes of quince, apple, pear, and honey when it’s made in a sweeter style. In a drier style, it might exhibit minerality with high acidity, featuring flavours like green apple, lime, and ginger.

Unlike Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc is usually made in a dry style and is rarely used to make sweet wines. It is known for its high acidity and intense aromatics. Classic flavour notes include green apple, gooseberry, passion fruit, and freshly cut grass. The average Chenin Blanc alcohol content tends to be around 13.5% ABV, whereas Sauvignon Blanc usually ranges from 12.5–14% ABV, depending on the style.

People Tasting White Wine

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The HER Wine Collection is a trailblazer in South Africa’s wine industry. We are proud to be the first enterprise to be wholly owned and run by black women. Every step of our journey, from the nurturing vineyard to the exquisite bottle to production, marketing and distribution, is lovingly handled by black women. We recognise the intrinsic value of exchanging ideas, motivating one another and broadening our bonds throughout the beautifully diverse communities across South Africa.

Chenin Blanc - HER Wine Chenin Blanc

When opening a bottle of the Her Wine Collection Chenin Blanc, you can expect aromas of delicious tropical fruit followed by flavours of white pear, green melon, and yellow apple on the palate. Our Chenin Blanc is delicious as a food and wine pairing with fresh salads, pasta salads, light curries and cheese boards.

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Our all-female team at the HER Wine Collection recognises the challenges that need to be faced in order to attain professional success. We understand the uphill battle that young people face in carving their own path in this world, and this shared journey has sparked in us a desire to give a hand up. That is why we’ve pledged to give back 2% of our profits to a bursary fund that is dedicated to fostering the dreams of ambitious young minds, helping them turn their aspirations into reality.

All applicants who are eligible for this incredible scholarship come from families who are working on the vineyards that supply grapes for the HER Wine Collection. The chosen recipients will receive financial aid for their education, along with mentorship to guide them through the complexities involved in studying at a tertiary institution and establishing a career.

HER Wines Chenin Blanc

If you are looking to try some of the best Chenin Blanc in South Africa, then why not try the HER Wine Chenin Blanc? You can purchase our wines on our online shop, where our Chenin Blanc sells for only R90.00 per bottle, and if you choose to purchase a case, you will receive FREE shipping. To stay up to date with everything happening at HER Wine Collection, you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook. If you need more information or queries about our wines, please email us on info@herwinecollection.co.za or give us a call on 021 873 3170.