The Grenache vineyard at Creation represents a pioneering first planting of this cultivar in the Hemel-en-Aarde. One of the exciting opportunities arising from our now fully mature, virus-free vineyards is the ability to select exceptionally high quality pockets of grapes that provide the ultimate expression of terroir and release them in a single vineyard bottling.

The latest project from Creation cellarmaster Jean-Claude Martin is a four-barrel selection of Grenache from our Sumac vineyard. The vineyard is named for the exotic African spice, sumac, which is characterised by a certain brightness and liveliness that is evident in the wine.

The newly released Creation Sumac Grenache is described as deep crimson in colour with a secret glimmer of purple to capture the imagination. Intense aromas of cranberry, exotic spice and nuances of dark rose petal fulfil the promise. It is a cooler climate Grenache rewarding with a feast of bright pomegranate, red currant, cracked peppercorn and a sprinkling of sumac lingering on the velvety palate. The natural acidity and resulting freshness and poise make the Grenache a versatile pairing wine. Inherent savoury notes associated with the umami flavour also contribute to this food friendly character, making the Grenache an essential item in the cellar of the wine pairing enthusiast.

The release of the Creation Sumac Grenache has inspired our kitchen team to create three exciting recipes, each designed to highlight different aspects of a truly unique wine. Click on the recipe titles below and try them with the wine. A limited number of bottles are available – to order directly from the Cellar Door, simply contact To read the complete Grenache blog, click here.

Click on the recipe images below and try them with the wine.

Roast Duck Breast with Tomato and Chorizo Reduction, Goat’s-milk Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes with Rye Toast

Beef Fillet, Parsnip and Sumac Purée, Roasted Baby Fennel

Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate Truffles, Roasted Plums, Date and Pomegranate Cream


Creation in the USA

Fantastic news for the many visitors to Creation hailing from the USA: Creation is now proudly part of the cellar door direct programme at Cape Ardor. Cape Ardor is the largest exclusive retailer of top quality South African wines.  To date Creation has six wines listed and we are in the process of having our entire range approved for the US market. To order wines right now, simply click here.

KLINK Awards: Last Chance to Vote for Creation

Creation has won the KLINK Yin and Yang Wine Tourism Award for Best Food and Wine Pairing at the Cellar Door twice! Here are eight fantastic reasons why we deserve to win again this year:

  1. The Tapas Pairing
  2. The Three Course Pairing
  3. Artisanal Pairings (including the Cheese Pairing and the Charcuterie Pairing)
  4. 10AM Brunch Pairing
  5. The Gourmet Secret Pairing
  6. The Paradoxical Chocolate Pairing
  7. Non-alcoholic Tapas and Tea Pairing
  8. Surprise Pairing for Kids

The consumer-driven KLINK Awards is an initiative of Wine Tourism South Africa and allows you the opportunity to vote for your favourite winery. Voting closes soon, so don’t delay!


Simply click here to vote. And please remind your friends to vote too.

Highlights and Happenings on the Creation Calendar

Ranging from fun functions and sensational shows on the Creation Estate to maintaining a strong presence at prestigious wine events, we love to see you there! Here are some of the latest attractions.


31 October at 9h00 – 13h00: Hermanus Country Market, Hermanus Cricket Club Hermanus
A small market with a lot of soul. Where good friends meet, hug and eat…an amazing array of fresh organic produce, homemade delicacies, artisan breads, probiotic yoghurts, handmade cheeses, home smoked fish, happy hen eggs, and wheat-free bakes and local wines. For more information visit their facebook page.


2 November: Auction Dinner hosted by SAAHSP (South African Association of Health and Skincare Professionals) at African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel At this prestigious event SAAHSP aims to raise funds for LGFB  (Look Good … Feel Better) and support this phenomenal organisation as they globally support women (and some men) in active cancer treatment. Contact Jo Cohen, SAAHSP tel. 073 2289607.

11 November & 9 December from 17h30 to 19h30: Tuning the Vine After an exciting 2014 launch event, Tuning the Vine takes to the hippest streets in Cape Town, linking some of the city’s most exciting venues through a curated mid-week wine adventure.  For more details click here. Tickets available at Quicket online.



13 November, 9h30 – 16h30: Christmas Fair in aid of an upliftment programme for women, 24 Fernwood Avenue, Newlands Summer has arrived, so come and join us for another lovely day of cheese, wine, Christmas presents and lots more! Contact; tel. 082 4906317.


29 October, 12h30: Bloggers Tasting with Carolyn Martin, Back in 5 minutes, Ante, 224 Brick Lane, E1 6SA Enjoy a range of Creation wines paired with the culinary delights from the team at Disappearing Dining Club. Click here for the invitation or follow this event online using #CreationUK.

30 October, 14h00 – 17h00: Creation Sommelier Tasting, China Tang at the Dorchester, Mayfair, London Carolyn Martin of Creation invites you to taste through their range of award-winning wines. Click here for the invitation or follow this event online using #CreationUK.

9 – 11 November: Fazenda Creation’s Carolyn Martin will be presenting wine masterclasses and tastings at Fazenda in Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool on the following dates:

9 November at 18h30 – Leeds
10 November at 18h30 – Manchester
11 November at 19h30 – Liverpool

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1 November, 18h00: Carolyn Martin Masterclass, Restaurant Perceel, Dorpsstraat 3, Capelle aan Den IJssel. Don’t miss out on this exclusive and exciting 5 course wine and food experience. To find out more and to book, click here.



4 November, 19h00: Dinner with Carolyn Martin of Creation Wines at Studio, Havnegade 44, 1058 København K Following delectable snacks paired with Creation’s crisp white wines, a delicious 4 course menu paired with an impressive selection of Creation’s white and red wines will be served. To find out more and to book, click here.

5 November, 19h00: Winemakers Dinner with Carolyn Martin of Creation Wines and Lars Møller Jensen from Løgismose, Tisvilde Bio Bistro, Hovedgaden 38, 3220 Tisvildeleje Enjoy a delectable four course meal paired with Creation wines presented by Carolyn Martin. To find out more and to book, click here.

Bookings Open for December and January

With the summer holidays around the corner, we’re now taking bookings for December 2015 and January 2016 – book now to avoid disappointment! Good news is that for the period 18 December to 15 January we’ll be extending our opening hours until 19h00 for sundowners (excluding 24 and 31 December when we will close at 17h00 pm). Click here to see our new Sunset Tapas Menu available between 17h00 and 19h00 pm.

For those who like to get an early start to the day, we offer our 10AM Brunch Pairing (arrival at 09h45). This innovative pairing comprises 8 breakfast-themed canapés with 8 premium wines from the Creation range. Challenge your senses and treat your palate to a truly unique experience! Pre-booking essential.

Click here to read about all the pairing options available for your visit. To book, call (028) 212 1107 or contact

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