White wine has existed for over 2500 years. In this case, white blend refers to any white wine that contains more than one white grape varietal in the final product, though certain white blends can have their own designations as recognized wines despite comprising multiple grapes.
For much of the history of European wine making, white blends were commonplace due to the practice of consolidating grapes from vineyards across a given area. One famous example of this practice can be found in White Bordeaux and the best example would be Miss Lucy from Springfield Estate, White blends originated in the 18th or 19th century using grapes such as Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. Other white blends have since emerged throughout the world, though the category of wine has remained significantly overlooked compared to its red blend counterpart.
In addition to the popularity of red blends, white blends have also been overlooked due to a modern association with lower quality table wines. However, many high-quality wine producers elect to produce white blends, and these wines can in fact offer many unique and delicious flavours due to the winery’s ability to custom design their flavour profile. In recent years, white blends have been catching on quite rapidly as more attention is given to innovation in the wine making arena.
Here are some of our well known white blends from the Robertson wine valley, Springfield Estate Miss Lucy, Brandvlei Kelder Bucchante, Rietvallei Esteanna White Blend, Robertson Winery Chapel White, and many more.
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