Martin Smith is the man behind Paserene. In partnership with Ndabe Mareda, they have now established a very smart tasting room in Franschhoek, as well as purchasing a farm in the shadow of the Witzenberg mountain in Tulbagh. The name derives from the Latin Passeriformes, the type of bird that includes swifts, swallows and martins; all birds that follow the epic migration from Europe to South Africa, representing the often travelled route by young winemakers gaining experience abroad before returning to their home country. They have started planting vines on their farm, and for the moment are fortunate to take a best of breed approach with working with particular special sites in Elgin, the neighbouring farm in Tulbagh and Stellenbosch. These are authentic wines, with little added or taken out, yet still made with the greatest precision and care to ensure that the wines produced, and artwork on the labels, are truly authentic to ensure its “sense of place and people” and a lasting legacy for many years to come.
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