4 – 7 September 2023
And I’ll dance with you in Vienna . . . – Leonard Cohen
Vienna, that magical city of dreams, was recently the stage for Creation Cellarmaster Jean-Claude (JC) Martin to showcase his award-winning Art of Creation Chardonnay and Art of Creation Pinot Noir. His short visit covered a selection of the city’s most famous culinary establishments, at some of which he also featured other stars in the Creation wine range.
Monday, 4 September: Starting off on a high note, JC presented his Creation Art of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to an exclusive audience of 10 wine connoisseurs. The venue, the historic Zum grossen Bethen in the heart of Vienna, couldn’t have been more perfect – neither could the guests have been more appreciative.
Tuesday, 5 September: Day two brought two highlights. No less than 20 members of the Austrian Sommelier Union attended JC’s masterclass at the amazing Sky Lounge on the 18th floor of the Sofitel Hotel. The event was seamlessly organised by Brad Knowles who originally hails from Durban in South Africa and who is currently the vice-president of the Austrian Sommelier Union.
Tuesday evening saw JC conducting another successful tasting, this time of 12 Creation wines, at WeinZeit, a private wine club on the outskirts of Vienna. Among the 34 enthusiastic guests present in the historic wine cellar were several Creation fans who travelled all the way from Germany to attend.
Wednesday, 6 September: Happiness is a Creation wine and food pairing at Belly’s Bistro! Owned and run by the siblings Melanie, Marvin and Marcel Mudenda, originally from Zimbabwe, this small, cosy restaurant is famous for its farm-to-table ethos. What made the event extra special was the fact that all 22 guests were seated around a communal table – and they loved it. Including the young couple who, believe it or not, came waltzing all the way from Sofia, Bulgaria for the occasion!
Thursday, 7 September: Rubbing shoulders with the stars … The Michelin 2-star Steirereck has been one of Vienna’s top restaurants for decades. JC was therefore over the moon to receive a lunch invitation from one of our valued Creation clients. A bonus was that this afforded him the opportunity of presenting the Art of Creation range to one of Austria’s foremost sommeliers, Renée Antrag.
And I’ll dance with you in Vienna, sang the inimitable Leonard Cohen.
Well, imagine standing on the 7th floor roof top deck of Restaurant Herzig that evening, toasting spectacular Vienna with a glass of the exuberant Creation Elation Cap Classique in hand. Sören Herzig is one of Austria’s top up-and-coming chefs and suffice to say, he and his team displayed the epitome of culinary craftsmanship. The perfect match for the 10 Creation wines presented by JC. An encore? Indeed, no less than six guests confirmed their reservations for the Creation tasting in October 2023 there and then!