Paserene – excellent wines from Franschhoek
With patience and attention to detail, winemaker and co-owner Martin Smith creates elegant and balanced wines in the cellar that reflect their terroir in Tulbagh, Franschhoek and Elgin. The name Paserene is a derivation of the Latin term "Passeriformes", a name for birds that includes the swallow – Paserene's trademark, which can be found throughout the winery.
- Founding year
- Paserene Wines, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
- 25 hectares
- Flagship wine
- Paserene Union and Paserene Chardonnay
- Graff Diamonds Store, variety of boutiques, garden, Relais & ChateauxHotel & Spa, Delaire Graff Restaurant, Indochine Restaurant
- Tasting Room
- daily: 10:00 - 17:00 h
Martin Smith is a third generation winemaker, as his grandfather and father were already winemakers and he spent a lot of time with his father and his father's friends, who were also mostly winemakers, and in the evenings at the kitchen table he listened to stories about winemaking. As a result, he knew from the age of 13 that he wanted to be a winemaker. Martin studied at the Elsenburg Agricultural Institute and then spent ten years on wineries in America before returning to South Africa. He first worked at Vilafonté for a few years and eventually founded the boutique winery Paserene together with his friend Ndabe Mareda. Martin leaves nothing to chance in his wines, as he tinkers a lot with his creations and carefully weighs the measures in the winemaking process. The result is well-balanced wines.