The white grape variety (also K1) is a South African new breed between Chenin Blanc x Ugni Blanc ( Trebbiano Toscano ). The crossing took place in 1974 by Christiaan Johannes Orffer (1926-2008) at the University of Stellenbosch (Coastal Region). By the way, with the same parents is also the new breed Weldra emerged. Chenel was specifically designed for warm climates with intense artificial irrigation and the concomitant necessary rot resistance is bred. The early-ripening, high-yielding vine is resistant to Botrytis and real mildew, It produces acidic white wines, which are often used for distillation be used. The variety is in South Africa in the area Robertson grown. The acreage in 2010 was 79 hectares.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012