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Creation Tasting Room

Creation Tasting Room
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Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
Bakery fare, Fine-dining food, Modern, Tapas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Food
It’s with good reason that Creation keeps picking up awards for its innovative food and wine offering, and you’ll be spoilt for choice on a menu that offers a myriad of ways to discover the estate’s contemporary winelands cuisine.

The standout is the ‘The Story of Creation’, a seven-course degustation where each ‘chapter’ is paired with an estate wine. The pickled hake and papadum is a lively match for the aromatic Viognier; the hearty lamb shank pairing wonderfully against a Syrah-Grenache blend. If you haven’t time for seven courses, there are three-course options, charcuterie platters, chocolate pairings (ideal for dessert) and, lastly, an à la carte blackboard dishes up the likes of squid-ink calamari risotto, or silky pasta tossed with salmon, asparagus and pine nuts. Provenance is highlighted here too, with a list of their local, ethical suppliers.

Happily, younger diners are well taken care of, with a small menu of kids’ fare alongside a five-course ‘pairing’ menu.

Drinks
Creation’s award-winning wines are available at cellar door prices and served in superb stemware. All are available by the glass too.

Service
Slick yet personable service from waiters who know the wines backwards and are adept at explaining the pairing with each dish.

Ambience
A charming country bustle in this light-filled space, where picture windows offer stellar views of the surrounding vineyards. Décor is both upmarket yet relaxed, with tables of upcycled wine boxes adorned by bouquets of fynbos and seed pods. In summer, phone ahead for a terrace table.

And…
Take time to discover the wonderful sculpture and artworks scattered through the fynbos gardens.

(October 2017)

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  • Graham Howe

    Food
    Food-and-wine tastings are showcased at this leading winery in Walker Bay, which has won national wine tourism awards for its originality and innovation. Visitors are offered a choice of cheese, charcuterie, chocolate, tapas, non-alcoholic, tea and breakfast-themed wine-pairing menus. 

Locavore chef Warwick Taylor creates his sophisticated tapas menus from artisanal and seasonal ingredients grown by local farmers of mushrooms, olives and apples, as well as charcuterie, cheese and chocolate, and freshly baked goods.

    Chef also conjures up a weekly three-course pairing menu, which showcases fresh seasonal salads, soups, farm poultry and meat. Every tapas sampler is exquisitely presented in designer tableware on barrel staves, making for a feast for the eye and palate. The aroma, taste and texture of wines are enhanced by meticulously layered pairings such as duck breast, goat’s-milk cheese and raspberry with pinot noir, or spicy pork dumplings in an umami broth with syrah. The accent is on subtlety and delicacy with skillful use of garnish to lift taste and texture. A new bubbly, oyster and gravlax bar on the deck is the latest gourmet offering.

    Drinks
    The wine list showcases recent vintages of the cellar’s award-winning cool-climate wines at cellar-door prices served in Riedel glasses.

    Service 

    Slick and professional, with a knowledgeable running commentary on the food and wine pairings.

    Ambience
    Sophisticated with a buzzy vibe. The glasshouse tasting room and terrace affords spectacular views of vineyards and mountains.

    And…
    A child-friendly venue, Creation offers young adults five pairings with surprise beverages, as well as an innovative tea-and-canapé pairing for teetotalers.

    (September 2016)

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  • Richard Holmes

    Food
    Food and wine are perfectly intertwined at this hybrid restaurant/tasting room. At its simplest, you can just settle in for a tasting of 11 wines crafted on the estate. But the menu matches each wine to a starter or main course, allowing you to enjoy a dish with your tasting or a perfect match with your meal. Starters range from seasonal salads, to a hearty cauliflower and gorgonzola soup topped with crunchy herb croutes. Plating is modern, with good quality crockery and tableware. Plenty of care is taken in sourcing ingredients from local farmers. The mains are meaty to match the estate’s much-awarded red wines: the likes of rare beef fillet with a reduction of the paired Bordeaux-style blend, and pan-roasted duck breast with a Syrah/Grenache syrup. If you don’t fancy the pairing, opt for a platter of artisanal cheeses or charcuterie from Richard Bosman. Brunch and canapé pairings are also offered.

    Drinks
    The wine list is limited to estate wines, but that’s no hardship. Creation, like much of the valley, is known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but you’ll find excellent Syrah here too. Only Riedel stemware is used, and all wines are available by the glass.

    Service
    Welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable – top-notch service for a relaxed winery restaurant. Friendly waiters demonstrate truly excellent knowledge of both the menu and the wines.

    Ambience
    There’s a distinctly upmarket feel to the décor and space. Retro wooden chairs, and tables fashioned from wine barrels, add points of interest. And take note of the quirky wine glass chandelier. If you can tear your gaze from the wonderful vineyard views, that is. In summer, bag a table on the terrace.

    And…
    For dessert, try the wine and chocolate pairing.

  • Katharine Jacobs

    Hemel-en-Aarde (heaven and earth) is an appropriate name for the bounteous valley that runs inland from Hermanus, and Creation – nestled right in its centre – is a similarly suitable moniker for the wine farm and a restaurant that focuses on local produce and creative pairings.

    The food
    ‘What grows together, goes together’ reads the menu, and indeed, 80% of the dishes on the menu are composed of ingredients from the Overberg region, from fabulous suppliers like Camphill Village Bakery, Glen Oakes farm and Richard Bosman charcuterie. Diners can opt for a wine-paired menu of canapés – which are small in size, but big in flavour – or order one of main course dishes and get the full wine tasting on the house.

    On offer are a tasty roast duck breast and confit leg with buchu, syrah, grenache syrup and shallot jus; juicy braised pork belly with five spice; and pork wontons with potato mash and prune-and-Darjeeling purée. The highlight, however, is a glorious loin of springbok. The rare, blushing meat is butter-soft and dripping with flavour. It works beautifully with its accompaniments of umami-rich sautéed valley mushrooms, fondant potato and cranberry jus.

    Try the wine and chocolate pairing for dessert, or one of the blackboard offerings, such as poached pears or an oozing chocolate fondant.

    The wines
    The wines are limited to the Creation estate only, which is not great hardship given their award-winning quality. Thanks to a stable climate, the winery has had success with a wide range of varietals, and currently produces sauvignon blanc, sémillon, viognier, chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, syrah, grenache and a Bordeaux-style blend – so there’s also something for every taste.

    The service
    The restaurant can get quite busy and buzzing, but waiters take it all in their stride, going out of their way to make sure everyone is comfortable. All staff have exceptional wine knowledge.

    The ambience
    The minimalist dining room is the perfect frame for beautiful views out of over the valley and farm, and a fireplace keeps things cosy in the winter. There’s a dedicated playroom for kids, complete with toys, and a young adults menu. In summer, call ahead to book the picnic menu or a vineyard safari, which includes a light lunch.

    The verdict
    Creation delivers great flavours and value for money. It’s an excellent option for refuelling on a wine-tasting field trip.

    (June 2014)
  • Food
    From charcuterie to cheese, provenance is king on this small menu where the local producers are given pride of place. The ‘locavore is lekker’ approach pays off in dishes that are geared to showcase the estate’s wines. Generous platters and canapés are well suited to sharing. For something more solid, try the slow-roasted springbok pie, finished off with a chocolate trio. There’s a kiddies’ menu too.

    Wine
    The range of estate wines is available by the glass or bottle, but you can enjoy your meal with a complimentary tasting of all six varietals. The pinot noir and the syrah/grenache blend are especially good.

    Service
    Excellent, with outstanding knowledge of both the food and wine.

    Ambience
    This modern-rustic space has glorious vineyard views, with Riedel stemware and beautiful table settings adding a touch of elegance.

    And...
    There’s a fabulous central fireplace for chilly days. (RH, October 2011)

User reviews

  • A beautiful restaurant and farm. The area is well known for it's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We had the wine and cheese pairing platter and it was excellent. Especially the truffle and pollen infused honey! If you're out this way, visit!
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  • It is a rare finding for me that a set menu has every kind of food that I enjoy on it - what a delight when every dish that was set before me was beautiful, delicious, perfectly paired with the right wine AND my favourites. A superb way to spend my birthday doing one of my best things in life - eating good food, with the best company (my husband, of course) and looking at the most beautiful views all around me. A special place indeed!
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  • What a place to spend a rainy wintery Friday afternoon! Lucky to be spending a long weekend in Hermanus, we made sure to book for lunch (for 6 adults and 6 kids) at Creation. A roaring fire place greeted us, and we were seated right near it (definitely something to request when booking for a winter's day!). Victor (wine) and Proud (food) looked after our table with ease - special mention to Victor who pulled out the stops on the wine tasting. I ordered the charcuterie & cheese platter, which was adequate and my sister had the 8-canape wine pairing, but the real stars of the table where the cauliflower soup and pork belly ordered by the rest of our table. Truly outstanding. The canapé/wine pairing concept is a good one, but falls down a bit in execution, as you end up having to go back to the beginning of the wine tasting that the whole table has already been enjoying (free) from the time of seating. It's a bit of an ask of the wine steward to be doing an individual wine pairing for one person, while doing a tasting for 5 others at the same time. So that was the adults sorted... what about those 6 kids, aged 3-14? They were very happily entertained in the specially kitted out kids room, and only came out to have their (excellent) toasted sarmies and a food/drink pairing for the one adventurous 4 year old. Definitely worth a visit - we will be back!
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  • My finace and myself are huge fans of Creation Wine. We spent the weekend in Hermanus (17th - 19th July) and for my 30th birthday, we spent the afternoon at Creation. We both had the pork belly which was out of this world. As usual, the service was outstanding (from our waitress - Stephanie). The new release of the wines that JC has produced are sublime (especially The Art of Chardonnay - what a treat). Thank you for always ensuring our visits are of the best experiances. See you in November
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  • We holidayed in Hermanus and friends recommended that we visit Creation Wines - I have to say it was a highlight of our holiday. The Hemel and Aarde Valley is exquisite - I almost fely like I was driving elsewhere in the world. The landscape, rolling hills, mountains is spectacular. Arriving at Creation Wines we were captivated by the trout dam which shone in the sunshine and reflected the mountain behind it. It was postcard perfect!!! The garden on the property is vibrant in colour and proudly South African. It was full of aloe and Proteas as well beautiful scents. There were tons of bees and insect life, it was refreshing to witness. The garden also acts as an outside gallery if you will for metal sculptures that are being displayed by an up and coming artist. They were all inspiring to look at and ponder. The tasting room and restaurant is spacious, airy and full of beautiful paintings and, sculptures. The tables are laid with glassware and beautiful flowers and it really just is a WOW when you walk in. We visited now in July and there was a huge indoor fire in the middle of the restaurant that added much atmosphere and of course cosy warmth. The restaurant has glass panel doors that allow an interrupted view of the property which is awesome. The menu is varied and offers many varied options of food and wine pairing for both kids and adults. We selected the antipasta platter and cheese platter which were remarkable. Our waitress had perfect timing and took us through all the Creation wines on offer as we sat and enjoyed our meal. It was interactive and thoroughly enjoyable. The service was attentive, friendly and efficient. There is a room for little ones to play in and along with the kiddies meals and kids pairing plus the lovely lawn outside to run around on, its a wonderful family day out. This estate really had the WOW factor for us - I would not hesitate to recommend it and I can certainly understand all the rave reviews as well as Trip Advisor first place they hold for sightseeing and eating place in Hermanus. A must!!!
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  • Now this place…OK firstly, their wine tasting is completely free! Add to that- award-winning wines! Secondly, the food is to die for! I opted for a smooth, rich and tasty cauliflower soup (a prior recommendation by one of their patrons). For mains, I had the mouthwatering pork belly paired with a glass of Creation Syrah. WOW! Thirdly, the service is top draw! To illustrate- we arrived at the restaurant without reservation. This is not the kind of place you want to go to for a Sunday lunch without making a reservation yet still expect a table. (My intimate friend, who knew about Creation and all its glory, and who is all about booking to avoid disappointment, decided to just “wing-it” this time). When we arrived the place was full, as one might expect. But we weren’t turned away. Instead the manager, Oscar from Colombia, invited us to stick around for roughly 30 minutes, during which time we could taste some of their wines (for free!). At our table, the waiter, Victor from Jo’burg, displayed a thorough knowledge and enthusiasm for Creation Wines. All in all, we had a truly exceptional wining & dining experience. Simply magnificent! Bravo Creation, bravo!
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  • On a jewel of a day we decided to drive out to Creation for a lunch. Fantastic setting amongst the vineyards and mountains. We ordered game stew and pork belly and both dishes were great. Although the food took some time to arrive, staff was apologetic, we were kept informed on the reasons why, and offered a bottle of wine as compensation. Management took responsibility for the problem and didn’t get all defensive about it as most tend to do. Great customer service and thank you for the generosity.

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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Vegetarian

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