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Weekly Wine Defined – Steen

Steen is the Dutch word for stone and in South Africa, it’s a grape variety.

In France, this grape is grown in the Loire Valley in the communue of Vouvray but there it is called Chenin Blanc.

Steen was imported from France in 1655 by Jan van Riebeeck. Today, it is South Africa’s most widely planted grape variety. It is prized for its high yield, high acidity and great fruit in the hotter climates.

The versatile Chenin Blanc grape can be made dry, off-dry, sweet or dessert style, depending on what Mother Nature dishes out in the vineyards. When grown in cooler regions, the acidity is higher and will age gracefully for a number of years.