Creation Wine Estate in South Africa’s Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Region in the Western Cape, has been awarded top-ranking vineyard in South Africa in this year’s World’s 50 Best Vineyards, and placed number 38 in the world ranking.
‘We are thrilled with this world ranking,’ says Carolyn Martin, co-owner of Creation. ‘This is recognition that South African vineyards hold their place among the best in the world of fine wine. When we look at the world’s top vineyards across the wine regions of North and South America, Europe and Australasia, we are honoured to be among the top 50 for the third time.’
The World’s 50 Best Vineyards showcases the very best of wine tourism and aims to elevate the visitor experience in the vineyards and surrounding areas. The Voting Academy comprises over 600 leading wine experts, sommeliers and travel journalists who submit their nominations based on the factors that make the best destination trip. These include the quality of the overall experience, ambience, cuisine, activities, views, staff and value for money. The results are then collated and converted into a list of the world’s top 50 vineyards.
This year the awards ceremony, hosted by Mendoza, Argentina took place on Wednesday, 26 October at Zuccardi Valle De Uco Mendoza.
‘Tourism is of vital importance to the future of fine wine, globally and especially in South Africa,’ says Martin. ‘Every visitor to the Western Cape, widely recognised as one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, creates eleven jobs each day. These visitors not only have a good time but also do good!
‘The ethos of fine wine is in its culture and in its provenance,’ says Martin. ‘People want to enjoy authentic wines with traceability and exclusivity, venturing to the place where they are grown to discover the terroir – and that includes the people who grow and make these wines. That’s the future of fine wine.
‘Our aim at Creation has always been to be one of the world’s most loved and innovative wineries, creating wines and experiences reflective of our exceptional terroir. This has been an incredible year for us, with Creation also winning the Great Wine Capitals 2023 Wine Tourism Restaurant award as well as the Arts and Culture award.
‘We’re very proud of our team’s dedication and aspiration to excel and deliver an innovative and educative world-class tourism experience. I want visitors to enjoy the incredible local produce, the award-winning wines, particularly our Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, and to see for themselves how we are preserving our natural heritage for generations to come.
‘As a team, we actively engage with and listen to all our stakeholders, including our valued clients and community. We owe a great deal of our success to their loyal support since our inception and are proud to share these awards with them.’
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