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Het verhaal van Creation.

Je zou kunnen stellen dat ’t verhaal van Creation bekend is, of beter gezegd van de wijnfamilie Finlayson. Stellenbosch is een oud en klassiek wijngebied. In de jaren ’70 bezat de familie Montagne in de bottelary heuvels in Stellenbosch. Ik mag me gelukkig prijzen de eer te hebben gehad een paar jaar geleden een vintage ’78 van Montagne te proeven uit de privé collectie van de familie Mullineux. De wijn…

Wijnoogst 2020 – een speciale herinnering

Creation Wines stelt elk jaar haar deuren open voor jonge, enthousiaste (oenologie) studenten van over de hele wereld, om onder leiding van eigenaar JC Martin en Hoofd Wijnmaker Gerhard Smith mee te helpen tijdens de oogstperiode, bijgestaan door assistent-wijnmakers Urle Hansen en Kirsten Myburgh. Twee maanden geleden kwam Jordy Hesseling, sinds een aantal jaar Vinoloog en voorheen werkzaam als floormanager van een wijnbar in Nederland, ons team versterken om te…

Wijnoogst 2020 – een speciale herinnering

De vintage van 2020 zal altijd herinnerd worden door de vele uitdagingen die het Creation team heeft moeten trotseren vanwege de Covid-19 Lockdown. Maar volgens cellarmaster Jean Claude Martin (JC) ziet het er toch veelbelovend uit. De oogst is goed in balans en de kwaliteit van de druiven is erg goed.   De oogst begon al vroeg in het jaar met de druiven voor de MCC die al half januari…

Vintage 2020. Creating Memories

They say wine records and then reflects history as no vintage is ever the same. While this has mostly to do with climatic conditions, the 2020 vintage will certainly also be remembered for the challenges posed by the Covid-19 Lockdown. At Creation however, the prospects are rosy with Cellarmaster Jean-Claude (JC) Martin saying that the crop was well balanced and the quality of the grapes great. The harvest started early…

Unvergessliche Zeit bei Creation” – Nicolas Weber

Letzte Woche teilte Jordy Hesseling aus den Niederlanden seine Eindrücke von den zwei Monaten mit, die er als Erntepraktikant bei Creation verbrachte. Diese Woche sprechen wir mit Nicolas Weber aus Deutschland. Nic‘s Familie besitzt ein Weingut im wunderschönen Moseltal in Deutschland. Er studierte am weltberühmten Geisenheim und schloss sein Studium in Weinbau und Önologie ab. Er sammelte auch Erfahrungen bei einer Reihe von Ernten in Deutschland, Italien und Neuseeland. Dies…

‘Unforgettable Time at Creation’ – Nicolas Weber

Last week Jordy Hesseling from the Netherlands shared his impressions of the two months he spent as a harvest intern at Creation. This week we’re talking to Nicolas Weber from Germany. Nic’s family owns a winery in the beautiful Mosel Valley in Germany.  He studied at the world-famous Geisenheim, completing a degree in Viticulture and Oenology. He also gained experience working a number of harvests in Germany, Italy and New…

Creation. Keeping the home fires burning

As you will understand, our trading hours as communicated in last week’s newsletter are no longer valid. In accordance with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a 3-week national lockdown we will be closed as from 27 March until 16 April 2020 when we hope to reopen. We will keep you informed. While appreciating the seriousness of these unprecedented circumstances, we at Creation remain positive and have already devised some ideas…

Jordy Hesseling after two months at Creation

Every year Creation opens its doors to cellar interns from around the world to join winemakers JC Martin and Gerhard Smith and cellar assistants Kirsten Myburgh and Urle Hansen in producing world-class wines. Two months ago the team was joined by Dutch vinologist Jordy Hesseling who has been working as a floor manager in a winebar in the Netherlands for the past seven years. Asked why he had chosen to…

The Great Taste of Sustainability

When Overstrand Hermanus was recently (2019) awarded UNESCO Creative City status for Gastronomy, it was one of only 10 cities worldwide and the first on the African continent to receive this distinction. “What an honour to be recognised as a laboratory of ideas and innovative practices and for bringing a tangible contribution to achieving sustainable development goals that directly benefit our community,” comments Creation co-owner Carolyn Martin. The UNESCO recognition…

Hands Full of Blessings

At Creation all grapes are harvested in the time-honoured way – by hand. This is in line with co-owner Jean-Claude (JC) Martin’s respect for Mother Nature and his artisanal approach in both the vineyard and the cellar. Why hand-picking? “Our harvest team knows exactly what to look for in a bunch, ensuring that no overripe or damaged grapes or leaves land in the crates. This precludes the need for sorting…

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