Every year the arrival of migrant white storks in the Hemel-en-Aarde signals the completion of a journey from Central and Eastern Europe that can stretch to over 10 000 km. This year it also signals happy tidings for three members of the Creation team …
To avoid a long sea crossing the birds cross at the Straits of Gibraltar in the west or the Levant in the east, tracing the fertile Nile River Valley across Egypt towards warmer wintering grounds. The route through Turkey has considerably higher traffic and offers beneficial thermals and tail-winds, making the average journey 26 days, almost twice as quick as the return journey of 49 days. It is birds from these massive 200 km long flocks that find their way to much of Eastern and Sub-Saharan Africa, all the way down to us near the very tip of Africa.
Switzerland has a rather large population of these storks and here at Creation we like to think that more than a few of our visiting storks are from owner and cellarmaster JC Martin’s hometown, Neuchatel. It is interesting to note that they arrive with a noticeable sooty layer of pollution which collects over the course of the migration, but are pure white when they leave to return to Europe in March.
With three members of our Creation team currently pregnant, the arrival of the storks is a happy co-incidence, and we are sure this is a good sign for our moms-to-be: Joann Corbett, Jenean Booysens and Eleanor Niehaus.
ANISEED ROASTED APRICOTS, TOASTED ALMONDS AND HONEY COMB ICE CREAM
Try our sublime summer combination of seasonal fruits together with our Viognier … click here for the recipe.
KARMA AT CREATION
No doubt about it: Creation is an apt name for a winery perched high up on what is known as the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Not only does our name encapsulate ‘Heaven and Earth’, it alludes to the fact that we are the first to grow wine on our little piece of paradise. Our name furthermore acknowledges the natural beauty that surrounds us, but perhaps more than anything else it reflects our commitment to constant innovation. Click here to read more.
PINOT IN PARADISE
Joining in the first Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration, Creation Wines will be showcasing five of their premier Pinots in the delectable company of five enticing canapés – each pairing a match made in heaven! Set against the scenic backdrop of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge with co-owners JC and Carolyn Martin as your hosts, this event promises to be a Pinot Noir lover’s dream. So do join us on Saturday, 1 February 2014 at 17:00 on the Creation Terrace. Please click here to book your tickets!