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At Creation Wines on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge near Hermanus the mission has always been to harness the rich gifts of Nature and the Estate’s unique terroir to reward the wine lover with wines of rare balance, elegance, distinction and finesse. This goal has recently been acknowledged when Creation attained Cape Vintner Classification (CVC) membership. Established in 2013, the CVC is an independent body committed to the accreditation, governance, representation and promotion of distinctive regional site-specific Cape wines.

“We are proud to have met their stringent set of criteria,” says Creation marketing director, Carolyn Martin, explaining that the CVC’s criteria comprise among others an independent audit and evaluation of technical and environmental standards, cellar door facilities, ethical matters and wine quality.

In line with the CVC’s vision ‘to express the diversity of the Cape Winelands through distinctive site-specific estate wines that capture the natural beauty of the environment in which they are grown’, Creation cellarmaster Jean-Claude (JC) Martin’s philosophy is to ‘enhance the beauty of nature’. The Swiss-born JC completed his viticultural studies in 1991 at Wädenswil and then went on to qualify as a winemaker at the Swiss Federal School of Changins in 1995. These qualifications provided what he still regards to be a firm and ideal grounding: viticulture first, then winemaking.

To quote JC:

“Nature creates her own beautiful expressions in colour, texture, flavour, shape, weight, quality, complexity and balance. When you are harvesting quality fruit it is not necessary to manipulate the wine. Rather guide it gently through the winemaking process so as to preserve the sense of place. The Cape Vintner Classification is a symbol of quality for world-class Cape wines and at Creation we welcome this distinction.”

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