Proud as they are of their natural heritage on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Jean-Claude (JC) and Carolyn Martin go to great lengths to preserve it. 

“With Heritage Day (24 September) approaching, we like to reflect on our unique heritage here on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge,” says Creation co-owner Carolyn Martin who was born and bred in the Cape Winelands. As the granddaughter of Maurice and Eleanor Finlayson of Hartenberg fame and the daughter of Cape wine pioneers, Walter and Jill Finlayson, she certainly has an impressive winelands legacy to uphold. And so does her Swiss-born husband JC who also comes from wine pioneering stock spanning three generations. His grandfather, Jules Martin, painstakingly established the family winery on the steep banks of Lake Bienne way back in 1935. In 1970, JC’s uncle Alfred took over and JC was only 14 years old when he worked his first full harvest.

“From the outset we have committed ourselves to conserving our natural heritage by implementing long-term biodiversity as well as sustainability programmes at Creation,” comments Carolyn.

Heavenly Heritage Day Menu

In addition to their comprehensive wine and food pairing offerings, the Creation Culinary Team will be serving four special treats in honour of Heritage Day. Chef Francois Hugo recommends his Smoked Kudu Loin with Paprika and Butterbean Purée, Bouquet of Fine Beans, Dehydrated King Oyster Mushrooms, Red Onion Jus and Clover Leaves with the Creation Bordeaux-style blend. Click here for the recipe. And his Ostrich Carpaccio with Smoked Artichoke Cream, Wholegrain Mustard, Tapioca Chip, Cured Egg Yolks and Nasturtium is perfect with the Creation Merlot. Click here for the recipe. Chef Eleanor Niehaus’ Deconstructed Malay Hertzoggies, Apricot Jam and Chilli Jelly, Apricot Sorbet, Coconut Crisp, Snapdragons, Fresh Coconut and Gluten-free Shortbread are truly delightful with the Creation Viognier. Click here for the recipe. And last but not least you can enjoy Chef Bianca de Gois’ irresistible Milktart Truffles with your coffee. Click here for the recipe.

A Hint for Heritage Day

“Go where the whales go, and where the wine is oh so good” – this is the heading of an article by Avukile Mabombo, Group Marketing Manager of Protea Hotels by Marriott.  A seasoned traveller, Avukile rates Hermanus as one of his favourite small town destinations.
He strongly recommends visiting the Hemel-en-Aarde over the Heritage long weekend, writing: “When on a wine tour, sampling some of South Africa’s finest, make sure that when you break for lunch, the tasting continues. Creation . . . is perfect for this.” Click here to read more.

10 Atkin Medals of Excellence for Creation

Creation Wines continues to reap the fruits of its endeavours as is clearly illustrated by Tim Atkin’s recently published 2017 South Africa Special Report. Tim, a British Master of Wine, a distinguished wine journalist and widely regarded as an expert on South African wines, has awarded no less than ten Creation wines 90 points and more.

The Tim Atkin report is now in its fifth edition and commenting on the wines he tasted, Tim recently said: “The South African wine scene has never been more exciting or more diverse  . . . I sincerely hope that the reviews and scores in my forthcoming report, as well as the Medals of Excellence given to producers whose wines have scored more than 90 points, will ensure that more people are aware of the seismic changes in the Cape winelands.”

According to Creation Wines co-owner and marketing director, Carolyn Martin, the estate is justly proud of the ten Medals of Excellence achieved and also to be part of the ‘seismic changes’ referred to by Tim. “As an esteemed wine expert, we value his opinion and are thrilled with the scores!”

The ten Creation wines awarded Medals of Excellence are:

  • Creation Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot 2015 – 91
  • Creation Chardonnay 2015 – 91
  • Creation Elation MCC Brut Nature 2014 – 91
  • Creation Pinot Noir 2016 – 91
  • Creation Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 – 93
  • Creation Reserve Chardonnay 2016 – 93
  • Creation Reserve Merlot 2015 – 93
  • Creation Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon 2016 – 91
  • Creation The Art of Chardonnay 2016 – 94
  • Creation The Art of Pinot Noir 2016 – 93

Creation Tops Pinot Line-Up in conjunction with Tonnellerie Saint Martin recently released the first annual Pinot Noir Report. There were 52 entries from 33 producers and Creation is proud to have scored 93 points for its 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir. As producer of the best wine overall, the estate won a new barrel of their choice from Tonnellerie Saint Martin. Click here to read more and here to purchase our 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir.

‘Seriously Cool’

In his comprehensive article about cool-climate wines in Bibendum Times, Joe Fattorini quotes Creation pairing guru Carolyn Martin: “Cool-climate wines tend to be fresher in line with the food we are enjoying the world over. Food trends are about lightness and freshness with intensity and balance. Cool-climate wines mirror this palate.” Click here and go to page 6 to read the complete article.

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Welcome to our Little Piece of Paradise

Situated some 18 km 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:

“My wife and I took her parents there for a wine pairing lunch and it turned into a fantastic experience for all of us. Great food, fantastic wines and the service just amazing. Well done Creation, this wasn’t our first and will definitely not be our last!” – Yellow blood (TripAdvisor)

“It was not our first visit to Creation and it will definitely won’t be our last. Every time we are blown away by the combination of food and wine. Excellent wine, excellent food and the setting is simply amazing” – Carina Odendaal (Post-tasting feedback)

Creation on WhatsApp

Great news for Creation lovers: we are now available on WhatsApp! For all bookings, other enquiries and wine orders, feel free to contact us on 082 921 6435 if this is your preferred method of communication.

Events Calendar


23 September 8h00 – 12h00: Creation at the 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.


23 September 12h00 – 17h00: Spring Wine Festival, The Peech Boutique Hotel, 61 North Street, Melrose
Join us for an afternoon of fine wine and gourmet cuisine. R295 pp (includes wine tasting and R125 in food vouchers). To book click here.


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