In this popular series we feature selected sommeliers from top restaurants around the world. This week we welcome Marko Jovancic from the well-known Ritrovo and Priva Lounge in Pretoria.

Marko says:

The first time I was introduced to the Art of Creation Chardonnay was at a blind tasting in Durban. I thought at first that it was a very prestigious French or American wine but to my pleasant surprise I found out it was local. When I started working at Saxon Hotel, it was one of the first wines I listed and now it features on our Ritrovo and Priva Lounge wine lists. Many of our patrons prefer special, exclusive wines and that the Art of Creation Chardonnay certainly is!

Click here to read the complete blog and here to read more about the wine and buy it online.

Creation Excels at RisCure Red Hot Wine Awards

We’re pleased to report that the 2014 Creation Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot blend scored 90 points at the recent RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards. Convened by Winemag.co.za., South Africa’s top performing Bordeaux-style red blends were announced at the official awards ceremony on 22 June. The Creation blend was one of only 13 out of 59 entries to score 90 points or higher. To read the full report on the RisCura Redhot Wine Awards click here (PDF).

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Creation Viognier. An All-Time Favourite

The versatility of Creation’s Viognier was recently proven again when Billie Lambrechts, better known as Billie & Butter – a cook, caterer, writer and lover of all things food – hosted a Steak Challenge where she paired a 4-course steak dinner with exceptional WHITE wines from the Hemel-en-Aarde. She chose the Creation Viognier to pair with her starter course for which she created “steak snails” and an edible garden. The pairing was very well received.

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To learn more about Billie visit her website here.

Creation – A Case Study

Hillary Berman is the author of Customer LLC, The Customer Guide to Customer Engagement & Marketing and owns Popcorn & Ice Cream, a small-business marketing and consulting company in Washington DC. Hillary used Creation as a case study in “The Power of Customer Feedback” chapter. The book is now available on Amazon.com on pre-order.

Welcome to our Little Piece of Paradise

Situated some 18 kilometres from the coastal resort of Hermanus, Creation is more than a wine farm; it is a glorious destination where a warm welcome awaits young and old. Click here to make a reservation.

Here are a few comments recently made by our visitors:

We hadn’t booked & were very lucky to get a table for wine tasting. We ordered one cheese platter & one charcuterie platter to accompany the wines. We tasted many white & red wines & had excellent service from Stephanie. She is their wine rep in Cape Town so had excellent knowledge of the history of the farm & the wines. The restaurant is beautiful with a gorgeous big fireplace & balcony where one can sit & admire the mountains & vineyards. This was our first tasting of Creation wines & we loved the Rosé & Sauvignon Blanc. Our friends loved the reds. A lovely space to spend an afternoon if you’re a wine lover.

– FlossPortElizabeth (TripAdvisor review)

We visited Creation for my Birthday, it was truly a lovely experience, the lady who was doing the wine tasting was very friendly and knew everything about the wine, Creation farm and even the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. She answered all our questions and we all were very impressed. We enjoyed our time at Creation so much we decided to have lunch as well. Everything was perfect and I will recommend this to all my family and friends. Oh and if you have kids there is a small playroom with supervision and they have a tasting for the kids with milk and cookies that was just too cute and something very unique.

– Otillia (TripAdvisor review)

My husband and I have tasted and thoroughly enjoyed every wine at Creation and most of the food options. We have been many times and think Creation is one of the best wine tasting/eating experiences in the gorgeous Overberg Wine Region. This wine area is “off the beaten track” and an awesome location to explore – beautiful scenery, by the coast, close to Hermanus, the Hermanus Lagoon, beaches, etc … Creation sets an incredible all round standard for wine and food pairing. We can’t wait to return!

– KF J (TripAdvisor review)

Events Calendar

Hermanus

2 July, 9h00 – 13h00: Hermanus Country Market, Hermanus Cricket Club A small market with a lot of soul where good friends meet, hug and eat … You can look forward to an amazing array of fresh organic produce, homemade delicacies, artisan breads, probiotic yoghurts, handmade cheeses, home smoked fish, happy hen eggs, wheat-free bakes and local wines. For more information click here.

Cape Town

27 July 17h00 – 21h00: Annual Red Wine Review, The Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Caroline’s Red Wine Review is one of the most important annual events on the South African wine calendar, and dates back to 1988. It showcases some 60 wineries that have consistently achieved the highest accolades in all top competitive platforms. Each of the selected wineries is invited to show just one wine for tasting by the public. This must be their flagship wine, and it will be shown by the winemaker personally. Tickets at R200 are available exclusively at Computicket. Numbers strictly limited to 400 guests. Bookings open 1 July 2016.

Gauteng

12 – 13 July, 17h00 – 21h00: Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival, Summer Place, Melville Road, Hyde Park Uniquely tailored to showcase the industry’s premier names, the festival is the most exclusive, longest running wine event in South Africa and renowned for presenting classic vintages and innovative blends. Festival tickets are now available from Webtickets.

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