Creation Wines is a story of well, exactly that.. creation, innovation and success! Located in the stunning Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in the Walker Bay Wine Region you will find this little piece of paradise! Built from scratch by Jean-Claude and Carolyn Martin this stunning farm has been brought to huge success by the vision, dedication, brilliance, passion and innovation of this incredible team of Wine Maker and Marketing Director, both brought up in the world of wine.
The experience at Creation Wines is one of a kind! A combination of the rich gifts of nature and their unique terroir complimented with skill, dedication and innovation. Creation Wines presents award winning outstanding wines, award winning Food and Wine Pairings and the most incredible experience in a warm and welcoming ambiance.
We had a magical day tasting the famous Tapas Pairing and where completely spoilt! It is one of those special memories you will always treasure. Arriving at the estate and not knowing what experience awaits only to be blown away by the most incredible and unique food and wine experience to date! This needs to be on everyone’s Bucket List, it is so much fun, pairing perfection! This would be a great way to celebrate a special occasion. It was so amazing I did not want to leave 🙂
The inviting tasting room and restaurant set amidst the vines is tastefully decorated in contemporary décor, the ambiance relaxed and welcoming and the staff are friendly and professional. Our waiter Phillip added to the experience with his excellent ability to hold four glasses in one hand, pour the wine and swirl the glasses around as he aerated the wine, very impressive! He is exceptionally knowledgeable and has a great sense of humour.
Creation Wine started their innovative Canape and Wine Pairing in 2009 and have since been perfecting this art with many creative concepts, each tasting carefully coordinated to the wine. The pairings are constantly evolving and changing with the wines and Carolyn carefully designs each pairing with her expertise and experience. Kids are not forgotten about and there is a special pairing just for them 🙂
This is the Ultimate Food and Wine Pairing destination. I have never experienced such an incredible mix of flavours and textures with Creation’s outstanding wines. It is no surprise they have won the KLINK Awards for the Best Food and Wine Pairing! And… twice won the Great Wine Capitals of the World Award for the Most Innovative Wine Estate in South Africa.
My version of the Tapas Pairing was Vegetarian and Gluten Free. They cater for specific dietary requirements, please inform them when booking.
Here is a tour of my Tapas Pairing…
To start and awaken the taste buds we were offered a welcome drink, the Creation Rose.
The Creation Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is paired with a Calamari risotto with paw paw, pineapple, celery, radish, lemongrass and apple.
The Creation Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015 is paired with a Pear, green pepper, buttermilk, passion fruit.
The Creation Viognier 2016 is paired with a Pickled Seabass, poppadum, sweetcorn and coriander.
The Creation Chardonnay 2016 is paired with Boccocini with orange segments and reduction, basil and rice noodles.
The Creation Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 is paired with a King Oyster mushroom with a burnt caramel and sage sauce on a bed of spinach.
The Creation Merlot is paired with Cauliflower, hazelnut, coffee, thyme, blue vein cheese and truffle.
The Creation Cabernet Sauvignon, Meriot, Petit Verdot 2015 is paired with a King Oyster and Shitake mushroom, blueberry and smoked paprika.
The Creation Syrah, Grenache 2015 is paired with a Cauliflower, curry powder, rosemary, sundried tomatoes and pomegranate tapas.
Lastly, to end the decadent Tapas Pairing I had a cheese platter with the Creation Chardonnay 2016. YUM! Such a fun and unique experience. I definitely learnt alot about pairing, textures and flavours.
The Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde Education Project
Alongside the value Carolyn rightly places on the environment which surrounds Creation, she is equally aware of their social responsibility. “In our quest to also give back to the community, Creation is a founder member of the Hemel-en-Aarde Community Project managed by Pebbles”. The Pebbles Project is a leading NPO passionate about development within farm worker communities; particular through education.
If you would like more information or in a position to assist please visit their website: www.pebbles.co.za
Creation are committed to sustainability and are a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) and are one of only nine wineries in South Africa to have received the coveted EnviroWines accreditation.
The experience at Creation Wines is beyond words, one of the most incredible experiences and an unforgettable food and wine journey. Thank you, Creation Wines, for the most amazing afternoon of indulgence, outstanding food and wine experience and wonderful hospitality. The Tapas Pairing is sensational!
KIDS Surprise Pairing: R75 / child
Tapas Pairing including 8 courses and 8 wines | 60-90 MINUTES | R335 / person
A delicious array of tapas, each specially prepared by Creation’s talented chefs to match a specific wine.
Wine & Chocolate Pairing | 20-30 MINUTES | R105 / person
Secret Wine & Food Pairing | 60 MINUTES | R440 / person
Five scrumptious entrée-sized dishes paired with five superb Creation wines.
Three Course Pairing Menu | 60-90 MINUTES (BETWEEN 11AM – 4PM) | R355 / person
This is where our chefs will let their creativity run wild, incorporating fresh local ingredients and unexpected combinations into a three-course meal, each course enjoyed with a different wine.
10AM Brunch Pairing | 120 MINUTES | R480 / person
8 breakfast-themed tapas perfectly paired to premium wines from the Creation Range.
TEA AND CANAPÉ PAIRING (Non-Alcoholic Pairing) | 35-60 MINUTES | R310 / person for 8 Teas
Ideal for designated drivers, expectant moms and those who abstain for religious reasons.
DISCOVER CREATION ON FOOT | Cost: R95 (duration 40 minutes)
Spend a delightful 40 minutes amongst our fynbos and vineyards with a dedicated guide.