The farm now occupied by the Forrester family dates back to the 17th century, a time when it was owned by a rowdy ex-soldier by the name of Boot. Over the years, the estate changed hands several times, but was in a state of disrepair when the Forrester family took over in 1993. Much of the vineyard was uprooted, and replanted, mainly with Chenin Blanc, the grape that has come to define Ken Forrester. Although some of his fruit is sourced from the cool, Helderberg region of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Ken's best vineyard is a block of 38 year old vines on his estate. This parcel provides most of the grapes for his top tier wines: a rich and complex Chenin, with notes of vanilla and honey, as well as an opulent, tropical-fruity late-harvest wine. Forester also makes supple and user-friendly reds and a line of cheaper Chenins which are underpriced for their quality.