Sauvignon Blanc is a very popular grape variety that is widely grown in many wine regions around the world. It is particularly popular in New Zealand, where it has become the country's signature grape variety and in France – where it is primarily grown in the Bordeaux and Loire regions. If you enjoy drinking Sauvignon Blanc and you're looking to broaden your wine horizons, I recommend trying Chenin Blanc.
Chenin Blanc is a white wine grape variety that originates from the Loire Valley region of France, but it is now grown in many wine regions around the world including South Africa, where it has become the most planted white grape variety. Chenin Blanc is a versatile grape that can produce a wide range of wine styles, from dry to sweet and both still and sparkling wines.
If you like Sauvignon Blanc, you'll probably like Chenin Blanc as these wines share some characteristics - both are dry styles of wine with high acidity and lots of fresh fruit flavours like apples and citrus. Chenin Blanc grapes are valued for their high acidity and ability to ripen over a long growing season. They have a wide range of flavours and aromas, including apple, honey, quince, and floral notes and can also develop rich and complex flavours as they age, with notes of nuts.
Overall, Chenin Blanc is highly valued by winemakers, it’s a great wine to try next on a restaurant wine list or to pick up from the supermarket if you're looking to further explore the world of wine. I recommend looking for Chenin Blancs from South Africa.