The Future of Wine and Food Pairing in Hemel-en-Aarde
It is widely acknowledged that we not only live and work in a pristine environment here in the Hemel-en-Aarde, but that it is one of the world’s most biodiverse wine and food regions. We are blessed with ideal climatic conditions because of our proximity to the cold Atlantic Ocean and good winter rainfalls — both critical to the success of growing agricultural products.
In 2019, the Overstrand-Hermanus region became South Africa’s first UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, the first on the African continent to receive this distinction. We have a golden opportunity to showcase the finest, nutritionally rich produce. There is another factor that is absolutely key to our unique position. We have a very talented and large enough workforce to train a significant number of people to become farming experts. By combining artisanal skills with science and a better understanding of the role nature plays in what we grow, we are better placed to deliver exceptional products to the local market. We have also become a highly attractive source of quality products for an international market.
Tourism is a key economic driver and here we have the natural advantage of our beautiful surroundings. And while there is a lot of discussion about AI and what role technology will play in creating significant careers in the future, so will wellness tourism. Our job in this region is to emphasise our natural assets, differentiate our offerings and highlight careers in wine, food and hospitality. At Creation we ensure that we work with the raw material in a responsible, creative, and inspirational way, to deliver the most nutritious and healthiest of menus without sacrificing taste and style. This is what we have strived to achieve over the past 21 years.
The making of our fine wine is a rare combination of art, science, people, and a sense of place. We want visitors to experience all of that when they visit us, and become unofficial ambassadors for our region. Every visitor to our farm and Tasting Room creates 11 extended jobs each day. In other words, while our guests are enjoying themselves, they’re also making a valuable contribution to local economic development.
The Fine Team that is Creation
We like to refer to our current ‘Community of Taste’ menu as a celebration of fine wine, fine cuisine and fine people. Over the next few months, we will be featuring a series of blogs to introduce some of the fine people in our team. Please click here to read about Nomvula Ngqolwa.
Julia and Guy Hands, owners of Hand Picked Hotels, host a series of exclusive events where leading experts in wine and gardens will present, through the lens of sustainability, the future of luxury hospitality. Enjoy an exquisite menu of traditional South African dishes, perfectly complemented by unique wines from sustainable winery, Creation Wines.
Tuesday 23rd May: New Hall, Warwickshire – Dinner from 7 pm, £120 per person
Wednesday 24th May: Fawsley Hall, Northamptonshire – Dinner from 7 pm, £120 per person
Thursday 25th May: Nutfield Priory, Surrey – Dinner from 7 pm, £120 per person
Saturday 27th May: Grand Jersey, Jersey – Lunch from 12.30 pm, £75 per person
Sunday 28th May: St Pierre Park, Guernsey – Lunch from 12.30pm, £75 per person
Click here to book: https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/sustainable-hospitality
The Umami of Wine – Sanet Oberholzer, Sunday Times
Creation Wines is toasting its 21-year milestone in a whole other way by using science to reveal nature. https://www.creationwines.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Creation-21st-anniversary-1.pdf
Community of Taste Menu at Creation Wines – Julie Velosa, Crush
Innovation is what drives change at Creation and the food and wine experiences offered, like the current Community of Taste will challenge your senses.