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Invitation to Loire Chenin Blanc Masterclass with Ina Smith

Dear Wine Enthusiast,

The South African Sommeliers Association (SASA) and the Chenin Blanc Association cordially invite you to an exclusive Loire Chenin Blanc Masterclass on the 28th of June, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Join us at Culture Wine Bar on Bree Street in Cape Town for an extraordinary wine-tasting experience.

Hosted by the esteemed Ina Smith, a pioneer of Chenin Blanc in the South African wine industry, this masterclass promises to be an enlightening and immersive journey into the world of Loire Chenin Blanc. Ina's vast knowledge and passion for Chenin Blanc will captivate your senses as you explore the nuances, flavors, and stories behind this exceptional wine.

Co-presenting will be Shawn Mathyse, the winemaker at Ken Forrester Wines. He has s been immersing himself in tasting Loire Chenin for the past few years and will also be working at Domaine du Closel in Savennieres this September.

Event Details:

Date: 28th June 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Venue: Culture Wine Bar in The Wine Library

Address: 103 Bree Street, Cape Town

This masterclass offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of Loire Chenin Blanc and expand your palate. You'll have the chance to taste a variety of carefully selected Chenin Blanc wines from the Loire Valley while engaging in insightful discussions and gaining valuable knowledge from Ina Smith herself.



  1. Chȃteaux de Passavant Anjou Blanc Les Plantes 2019

  2. Domaine de Juchepie La Jarre de Juchepie Chenin Sec 2019


  1. Domaine Ogereau Savennières 2019

  2. Chȃteaux d’Epire Savennières 2019


  1. Domaine des Ruaults 2020

  2. Domaine de Rocheville ‘Clos de la Thibaudiere' 2017


  1. Florent Cosme ‘Clos Rompu’’ 2019

  2. Domaine de la Morinière Vouvray Sec 2018

Anjou: (Chaume)

  1. Dumnacus Vignerons Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru 2019

  2. Raymond Morin Coteaxu du Layon Cru Chaume 2018


- SASA Members: R100

- Non-members: R250

Please note that spaces are limited, so we encourage you to reserve your spot early to secure your place at this prestigious event. To RSVP or inquire further, kindly send an email to

Take advantage of this excellent chance to indulge in the world of Loire Chenin Blanc and learn from one of the most respected figures in the South African wine industry. We look forward to welcoming you to the masterclass and sharing an unforgettable wine experience.

Warm regards,

Dani Brown


Ina Smith: A Pioneer of Chenin Blanc in the South African Wine Industry

Ina Smith is a revered figure in the South African wine industry, particularly renowned for her contributions to the development and promotion of Chenin Blanc. With her extensive knowledge and passion for this versatile grape variety, she has played a pivotal role in elevating the status of South African Chenin Blanc both domestically and internationally.

As a champion of Chenin Blanc, Ina Smith dedicated herself to showcasing the unique characteristics of the grape and its ability to produce exceptional wines in South Africa. She tirelessly promoted its cultivation, production techniques, and the expression of terroir through the grape, ultimately earning her the title of "Queen of Chenin Blanc."

Ina Smith's efforts in advancing the reputation of South African Chenin Blanc extends to collaborating and networking with the International Chenin Community, not only in France but also in Western Australia, California, and also India.

Today, Ina Smith's contributions to the South African wine industry, particularly in relation to Chenin Blanc, have left an indelible mark. Her passion, knowledge, and relentless pursuit of excellence have elevated the reputation of this grape variety, firmly establishing South African Chenin Blanc.

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