Chenin Blanc is an ancient white grape variety also called Pineau de la Loire and it is strongly rooted in Loire Valley. It is an extremely versatile grape with high levels of acidity and can be vinified in various styles from sweet botrytis affected wines, charming sparkling wines to powerful and fine dry white wines. The classical expressions of the grape are coming from Vouvray, Savennières, Anjou and Samur displaying precise and mineral characteristics with floral notes. Chenin Blanc buds early and it is a late-ripening grape which is prone to the noble rot - botrytis cinerea. The appellations of Quarts de Chaume, Bonnezeaux, Côteaux du Layon and Vouvray can produce outstanding, long-lived sweet wines that are one of the world's finest. Apart from France, it can be found in the Stellenbosch and Swartland regions of South Africa where it produces complex and rich wines with exotic notes, known under the name Steen. In California is also to be found Chenin Blanc, but it is often blended and used for generic wines.