The Overstrand’s claim to be one of the top holiday destinations in the world received a huge boost last week when Creation Wines on Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge was named as one of the Top 50 Wineries at the inaugural 2019 World’s Best Vineyards (WBV) event in London.

More than 1 500 nominated wineries from a total of 17 countries were represented at the WBV and the winners were chosen by a prestigious international voting academy. The stated aim of the WBV is to raise the profile of wine tourism and to encourage visitors from all over the world to explore the world’s best wineries. The selection was based on an aggregated ‘total experience’ and Creation was one of only three South African wineries to qualify for the list, together with Vergelen and Delaire Graff Estates.

In addition to this international accolade, it has also been announced that the Overstrand has made a submission to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to be recognised as South Africa’s first Creative Cities of Gastronomy destination. Fourteen cities around the world have received this designation, including Parma in Italy, Bergen in Norway, Macau in China, Phuket in Thailand, Ensenada in Mexico and Gaziantep in Turkey.

“In nearly all respects the Overstrand offers only the best when it comes to food and wine, with a diverse offering of talented chefs, superb food, world-class wine and award-winning beer,” says Tourism Manager Frieda Lloyd.

“In the Overstrand we boast Michelin-star chef, Jurgen Schneider at Springfontein Wines and Shane Sauvage of La Pentola, who was the youngest chef in South Africa to receive the Blazon from Chaine des Rotisseurs, as well as Chaine des Rotisseurs members Carolyn and JC Martin of Creation Wines. Some of our restaurants regularly form part of the Eat Out Awards, the American Express Fine Dining Awards and the Diners Club Awards.

“In addition, our wines and winemakers are regularly awarded top national and international awards. All of these elements make the Overstrand the ideal region to be recognised as the country’s gastronomy hub,” says Frieda.

With an ever-expanding list of authors of fine dining cookbooks, including Olive Hamilton Russell, Shane Sauvage, Jan Rabie and Garth Stroebel, the Overstrand certainly adds a lot of flavour to dining tables around the world.

Responding to this latest achievement, the ever-enthusiastic Carolyn Martin of Creation says: “When we look at the top 50 vineyards in the world we are delighted and honoured to be recognised among them. From the outset our aim has been to be one of the most loved and unique wineries in the world, creating wines and experiences reflective of our exceptional terroir. We’re justifiably proud of our team’s dedication and at the same time wish to thank our clients for their loyal support and input since our inception.”

In the spirit of giving back and sharing good fortune, the Creation team supports local communities through initiatives such as the Pebbles Hemel-en-Aarde Education Project. “It is our intention to have a positive daily impact on one another’s lives and we are also researching and implementing sustainability initiatives, collaborating locally and internationally. All in all, it is a hugely exciting and rewarding time for us in the world of wine,” concludes Carolyn.

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