Chenin blanc has its origins in the Anjou-Touraine area of France. The variety used to be known as Chènere, but the name was changed in the 15th Century to Chenin blanc, after the mountain in the region, Mont Chenin.
Chenin Blanc is the most widely planted wine grape variety in South Africa. DNA analysis has identified Savignon as one of its parents. The identify of the other parent is uncertain.