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Destination: Creation

“At Creation we treasure the amazing biodiversity of our land and take great pleasure in sharing the natural beauty with our guests.” This statement by Creation’s Carolyn Martin only hints at the wonderful experience awaiting visitors to the scenic estate on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus. To start with there’s Nature’s spectacular greeting: towering mountain peaks linking the earth to the sky … a tranquil lake mirroring the scenery in…

Handmade in Heaven

Hemel-en-Aarde of course means ‘Heaven-and-Earth’ and it is in this unique South African wine ward that the distinctive story of Creation Wines has unfolded. A story which, at its very roots, celebrates Nature’s rich gifts and the commitment of its founders to harness these to full potential.   Carolyn and JC Martin both come from wine pioneering families spanning three generations and there can be little doubt: the passion for…

Keeping your Cool

Red wines are best served at room temperature – correct? Well, not necessarily. It depends on what the room temperature is. At Creation for instance we prefer to serve our red wines slightly chilled, the reason being that ‘room temperature’ is not a South African concept; it is European, where the room temperature is generally lower. Fact is that the temperature at which a wine is served has a significant…

Creation Harvest 2018

Happy Wines from Healthy Vines When Jean-Claude (JC) and Carolyn Martin established Creation on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in 2002, the land had never been planted to vines before. This offered JC, a Swiss-trained viticulturist and winemaker, a blank canvas. Having meticulously considered soil, climate and aspect he selected the cultivars best suited to the terroir – and had the foresight to plant only virus-free clones. Now, with the 2018 harvest…

Water, Wonderful Water

“Save Water, Drink Wine” is a slogan regularly brandished under the current drought conditions in the Western Cape. Fun yes, but the truth of course is that the drought has put severe pressure on the Cape wine industry with some pessimists even asking whether there will be wine to drink 20 years from now … Let’s face it: climate change is a reality and weather patterns are shifting, worldwide. Creation’s…

Creation. Alive with the Joys of Harvest

At Creation on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, the 2018 harvest has started on schedule – no early surprises – and the entire estate radiates excitement. However, when approached for inside information, Cellarmaster Jean-Claude (JC) Martin simply smiles … from ear to ear … The rain over the past few weeks was perfect, just enough to keep the vineyards happy and not under too much stress. At the time of writing…

Culinary Adventures at Creation

The Creation Culinary Team delight in offering their guests an ever-changing repertoire of aromas and flavours, textures and colours to be shared, savoured and explored. The current ‘Reaching for the Stars’ campaign which incorporates the input of top international chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs enhances these culinary adventures. Among the most recent stars to grace the Creation firmament have been Tiina Treumann  (owner) and Marko Kalyend (chef) of the renowned Estonian…

Creation. A Dream Come True

Over the course of last week, the Creation Culinary Team have been delighted to welcome Chef Thomas Rode Andersen and Sommelier Thilde Maarbjerg from Denmark in their midst. The couple was visiting Creation as part of the ‘Reaching for the Stars’ campaign, an initiative aimed at bringing exciting international flavours to our table. The high-profile Thomas is a Michelin-starred chef and the author of various bestsellers on gastronomy. Thilde is chief sommelier at…

Who’s New on the Creation Crew

Introducing Winemaker Gerhard Smith Creation co-owners Jean-Claude (JC) and Carolyn Martin recently announced the appointment of the accomplished winemaker Gerhard Smith to the team. “We’re excited to welcome Gerhard on board and look forward to working with him. We believe his skills and experience will be a natural asset to our team,” says an enthusiastic Carolyn. Gerhard grew up in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town and having matriculated at…

Creation. Pinots from Heaven (2)

Last weekend saw Creation Wines participating in the 5th annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration by hosting an event titled ‘Burgundy meets Creation’.  The glittering occasion featured a brunch pairing showing Creation’s award-winning Pinot Noir portfolio along with a special selection from Domaine Philippe Colin in the village of Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy where he currently has one Grand Cru and nine Premier Crus. Creation co-owner Carolyn Martin comments: “Pinot Noir is one…

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