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Discover our Winter Wonderland

Winter has well and truly set in here high up on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. The lush green foliage of summer has faded to shades of yellow, ochre and burnt sienna and now the naked vines of deep winter have a certain austere beauty of their own. Apart from providing a pleasing winterscape, this period of dormancy is of course essential in the growing cycle of the vines. The fynbos garden…

Creation. Always a New Inspiration

Taking pride of place on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge in South Africa’s Walker Bay Wine Region, Creation Wines affords impressive views of the towering mountain peaks that surround it. While this spectacular panorama alone would surely be enough to inspire the team to soar with the eagles, it is also the very earth beneath their feet that motivates them. The estate was established in 2002 by Jean-Claude (JC) and Carolyn…

Creation. Letting our Terroir Speak

At Creation we are proud of our ‘Estate’ status, a term referring to the fact that the wines under the Creation label are grown and made on the farm. Right from the start it has been our intention to harness the full potential of our land in order to create site-specific wines reflecting our unique terroir. It is indeed this ‘sense of place’ that makes our wines so distinctive. Jean-Claude…

Creation. Where Wine, Art and Endurance Combine

At Creation there is always something new and right now the team is preparing for their participation in the 2017 Absa Cape Epic, providing one of the official water and spectator points. The event takes place on 21 March (Human Rights Day) and according to Creation co-owner and marketing director Carolyn Martin the Creation team looks forward to hosting not only the riders but also their supporters. Our harvest is…

The High Days of Harvest – 2

No doubt about it: harvest is the highlight on our estate calendar. At the time of writing Creation is buzzing with activity and anticipation as all the care lavished on our vineyards throughout the year finally comes to fruition. The following cultivars have been harvested to date: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. We’re halfway through the harvest and feeling cautiously optimistic, as it is early days yet….

From Creation, Always Something New

The verdict is out: Creation Wines has once again won the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Best of Wine Tourism Award (for 2017) in the category ‘Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences’. It’s the third time in five years that this honour has befallen the wine estate and according to co-owner and marketing director Carolyn Martin the Creation team is delighted. The GWC is a network of ten major global cities in both…

Merlot Magic

October is Merlot Month and to celebrate we bring you all things Merlot – starting with the terroir. Merlot is widely regarded as one of the world’s most difficult cultivars to grow. At Creation on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge however, we are blessed with a number of factors contributing to the successful cultivation of the fickle Merlot. Firstly there’s the macro-climate which has a great influence on the suitability of this…

Sauvignon Blanc Savvy

“The world’s most honest wine” – Matt Kramer, US wine critic and wine writer. Sauvignon Blanc has been described as “one of the most recognisable aromatic cultivars with top tier popularity status”. It is what it is, consumers love it and it might well be the safest wine to order in a pub, or as a starter in a restaurant due to the consistent quality. Another reason why it is…

Herb and Wine Pairing 2 – Making the Freshest Taste Fresher

Last week Creation’s Carolyn Martin introduced a series on herb and wine pairing to prove just how the elegance and finesse of our cool climate wines enhance the taste of fresh herbs when used in considered quantities. Food trends are fresher, lighter dishes with more intense flavours; the same characteristics can be found in cool climate wines. From being a popular ingredient in ancient remedies or in modern tea flavourings…

Herb and Wine Pairing: Making the Freshest Taste Fresher

From Creation’s famous cool climate terroir on the lofty Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge comes a range of wines tempting the nose and enticing the palate with irresistible pairing potential. To ring in the New Year, Creation pairing guru Carolyn Martin is introducing a fascinating series on herb and wine pairing which once again proves just how the elegance and finesse of our cool climate wines enhance the taste of fresh herbs when…

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