Carla Pauw always dreamed of a job that would allow her to work with her senses in nature, as oppose to in an office, so it’s no surprise that she found her passion in winemaking. After her studies in Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University, Carla started to work full time as a winemaker in 2000. Her love for French Champagne led to her first barrel of Cap Classique in 2003 under her own name, and it was when she opened the first bottle to taste it two years later that she realized her dream of making her own MCC had finally come true. For her celebratory first harvest, Carla invited her friends to take part in the experience. However, instead of routinely pressing the grapes in a wooden basket press to extract the juice, they chose to dance on them. Thus, with its name meaning ‘to dance’ in Latin, Saltare was born.
Saltare wines are made in a small cellar in the center of Stellenbosch, situated alongside the Eerste River. The grapes originate from vineyards across the Western Cape where, over time, Carla has selected (and tasted) the blocks best suited for what she wants to make. Her winemaking philosophy includes minimal impact and biodynamic practices, and the result is a wine that carries the characteristics of the terroir where the grapes came from.