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Sitting in the Creation Tasting Room restaurant I need not wonder why the name chosen for this wine region is the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Safely cradled by the Babylon’s Tower mountain range in the swells of the earth where some of the country’s most celebrated wine farms are found, this is what I imagine a slice of heaven must look like: green, abundant and beautiful scenes of tranquillity with a glass of fine red in hand.

Such is the slice of heaven that Swiss winemaker Jean-Claude Martin and his SA wife, Carolyn, carved out for themselves after acquiring the property in 2002 that Creation was named the 10th best vineyard in the world and the top vineyard in Africa by the World’s Best Vineyards Awards in 2021...

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