Winemaker Carla Pauw dreamed ...

... of a job where she could be in nature (rather than in an office) and work with the senses. She first studied Human Movement Sciences and then completed a degree in Town and Regional Planning. While seeking employment she worked part-time in the tasting room of a winery and realised winemaking was the answer to her dream. She returned to Stellenbosch University for a degree in Viticulture and Oenology.

Making award-winning wines

Her first harvest was at Tokara in Stellenbosch, after which she completed harvests in Bordeaux (France), New Zealand and Spain. From 2000 to 2008 she was employed at Anura Vineyards as winemaker, during which time Anura's wines received numerous top awards (including two trophies at the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show for best Chenin blanc and best MCC, as well as Best Red Wine at the 2005 SAA Wine Selection). Her wines have also won numerous Double Gold awards at the Michelangelo and Veritas Wine Awards. Since 2010 she devotes all her time to growing Saltare.

Appreciating good wine

Carla's husband Christoff never dreamed of becoming involved in a winemaking project. He grew up in Zambia and moved to Stellenbosch at age ten. Life in the heart of South Africa's winegrowing region inevitably meant that he learned to appreciate good wine. When he met Carla the fact that she was a winemaker did not pass him by unnoticed! Christoff helps to drive the truck and taste the samples. He also works at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, STIAS.