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Hermanus bidding to become South Africa’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy

Hermanus is situated in the southern Cape of South Africa in the region of Overstrand. This picturesque region lies about 115 kilometers from Cape Town and has world-renowned vineyards yielding wines of acclaimed international repute. The pristine environment of greater Hermanus attracts large numbers of tourists, both local and international, to Hermanus where the ocean provides sustainable fishing from Kleinmond to Gansbaai, while the valleys and the farms produce food…

Where Quality Begins

By Geena Whiting   Quality to some can be likened to a rainbow, logically the rainbow must have a beginning and an end but we only see the beautiful and somewhat mystical final arch and not where it begins nor where it ends. Much like rainbows, we as consumers often don’t realize that the mechanisms allowing for quality are hidden beyond the horizon, in the background or at the end…

Carolyn in Burgundy: a Whirlwind of Beauty

Carolyn Martin of course loves to travel, always packing her itinerary with new places to see, out of the ordinary things to experience, old and new friends to meet, exciting wines and food to taste … and then some. Two weeks ago she reported on the Martin family’s recent holiday in Switzerland and Norway. This week her friend Baptiste Quinard shares impressions of their adventures in Burgundy. Burgundy! Vous êtes…

Europe in the Wink of an Eye

Doesn’t time just fly when you’re having fun? Carolyn Martin of course loves to travel, always packing her itinerary with new places to see, out of the ordinary things to experience, old and new friends to meet, exciting wines and food to taste … and then some. Here she reports on the Martin family’s recent holiday in Switzerland and Norway and next week we’ll be recounting her adventures in Burgundy….

Viva Prince Pinot!

Ask Carolyn Martin what her favourite red wine is and she answers without hesitation. Yes, it is Pinot Noir which she fondly refers to as ‘Prince Charming wandering through the forest picking wild strawberries’. And which she also dearly loves for its great pairing potential. Take for example the delectable combination of Poached Line Fish, Raspberry Curd, Beetroot Dust, Pickled Radish, Herb Oil and Creation Reserve Pinot Noir presently offered…

Wine, Women and Fun

With Friday 9 August being Women’s Day, Creation’s ‘Leading Lady’, Carolyn Martin, pays tribute to four memorable women whose example and inspiration contributed in various ways to her outlook on life and to the person she has become. Among my fondest childhood memories are those of my paternal grandparents’ wine farm Hartenberg in the Stellenbosch region, and more specifically of my bright, creative and legendary grandmother, Eleanor Finlayson. We had…

A Wonderful Winter Affair

At the time of writing the surrounding mountains are clad in cloaks of furry mist, casting a dreamlike ambience over the landscape. The undulating vineyards, now in deep hibernation, stand starkly etched against the wintry horizon; a magical silence prevails … Welcome to Creation on the breathtakingly beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, where each season has its own allure. With winter now in full swing, it’s not only picturesque but also rather chilly…

67 Minutes of Fun

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela On the cold winter’s morning of 18 July, the Creation Wines team set out to celebrate Mandela Day with the children of the local Pebbles Education Project. And what an exciting time…

Compliments to the Kitchen!

My name is Jonathan Das and I’m the son of a South Africa mother and a Canadian father.  Having just finished my first year at Fanshawe Culinary School in Canada I wanted to spend a few months in South Africa, learning more about different kinds of food, ingredients and developing my skills. My grandparents live in Hermanus and on my second day in South Africa I had lunch at Creation….

Heard along the Olive Grove

The exciting news is out: apart from their latest, much anticipated wine releases the Creation team also recently introduced their first olive oil. The 2019 Creation Extra Virgin Olive Oil was grown in two Hemel-en-Aarde groves planted in 2007 on the Mount Babylon and Vrede farms and covering 1.5 hectare in total. Selected for their suitability to the terroir, the cultivars include four Italian varieties – Coratina, Leccino, Frantoio and…

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