Ken Forrester

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, our vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years we've created a special brand of hospitality reflected in the list of wines which have been poured at numerous grand events including the opening of the Scottish Parliament and the 85th birthday of our own icon, previous President Nelson Mandela. Our range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades over the last 16 years and are broadly available in well-reputed restaurants and exported to 14 countries around the globe. So please do come visit and share our view on quality!

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  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Vino V. - I enjoy the Ken Forrester Petite Chenin - light and fruity - great for the deck on a warm summer day, plus his regular Chenin is good also both from South Africa.  Have ever tried a good Alb(v)arino from Spain - those can be wonderful also.  Paul Read More

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  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve Old Vine 2014

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    Fruit on the nose. Melon, white peaches and mineral comes through on the palate. The oak is noticeable but delicate on the finish accompanied by tart citrus notes. This is a beautiful wine that pairs well with savory dishes. Read More

    Wine review by ThirstyWineWriter


  • Ken Forrester Renegade Stellenbosch 2011

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    Pleasant tarry minerality with blackberry and bramble fruit notes and some dusty earth on the nose. A bit thin on entry but filling in through the mid palate with strong notes of blackberry and black currant, chewy tannins and a hint of coffee on the finish. Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2014

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    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

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  • It’s time again to venture into the unknown in order to find some new ... you pair with it? 2012 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Old Vine Reserve Stellenbosch South Africa 14% $15 Earthy on the nose with faint shadings of oak adding nnce and contrast to the dried apple and faintly spicy fruit that has a gentle honied cast to it. Dry, firm and auste... Read More

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  • Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Earthy on the nose with faint shadings of oak adding nnce and contrast to the dried apple and faintly spicy fruit that has a gentle honied cast to it. Dry, firm and austere on entry, this has real nervous energy on the palate as it opens with dried citrus peel, melon and tart apple flavors. Its a restrained, almost elegant, if not for its intens... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

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  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Petit 2012

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    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Consumed by Rebecca Powers and Jenny Kline at Joyce Gilmore's 65th. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Hi Mark!Yes of course, it's a fair swap I would say ;-)Previously I was an ... is more popular though. Try Ken Forrester for a Chenin Blanc. My favorite white is Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir, delicious with anything! Haute Cabriere estate is famous for their Pinot Noir which I enjoy too, because it's a light easy-drinking red.Wine Esta... Read More

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