The weather has turned and we are all embracing the winter chill. Here in the Franschhoek Valley we are enjoying the much needed rainfall whilst our vines are taking a well-deserved break. Each day as the wind grows stronger, the trees become bare, and we watch glorious droplets fall, we are reminded to slow things down, to seek comfort and warmth in the company we keep and the wines we share.

It may be bitterly cold outside but here in the tasting lounge, we are keeping things at a perfect temperature. With our fireplaces lit, it’s just the right place to snuggle in, enjoy our variety of wines and nibble on our decadent French-origin cheese platters.

The Paserene tasting lounge is open from 10h00 – 17h00, Wednesday – Sunday (Thursday by appointment). We look forward to welcoming you.

Bookings are recommended in order to offer the perfect Paserene experience. To make a booking, call us on +27 (21) 876 2714 or send us an email to


There is a buzz of excitement at the farm as we eagerly await the release of three new wines all crafted by our winemaker, Martin Smith, with his winemaking philosophy as well as his passion for unique and interesting wines in mind. We are excited to see the end result after so many months of creativity, planning, wine making and designing.

The three new wines will be officially released towards the end of the year and are the perfect week-night sip whilst you wait for your Paserene wines to mature in the cellar.


In the Vineyard:

“In autumn we sowed plenty of oats in the Franschhoek vineyards. They are crucial for the light soil of our farm and have sprouted up nicely. Oats produce a lot more biomass than wheat and other more traditional cover crops, and we are looking forward to seeing the effects of that in the coming years. The vineyards in Tulbagh will not be seeded as those have their native weeds as cover crop, mostly fescue. In the coming weeks we will start pruning. We will also start to hammer in the trellis system for the Cabernet Sauvignon this month. It has now been two years since planting and we are ready to take the vines up the wire this year and get our first crop in 2021.
In the winery we are very busy getting ready for bottling. We will bottle the Shiner, Bright, Rosie and the Paserene Chardonnay 2018. As for the 2019 Chardonnay we will continue to stir it weekly and rack it to tank in December. The reds are in deep sleep until October when we will blend them.”

- Martin Smith, winemaker and co-owner


Each year, we set aside a limited quantity of our wines to benefit from further cellaring in our vinoteque. Martin has the difficult job of determining when these wines reach their best potential for resale. We are thrilled to announce that after careful consideration, it has been decided to release a rare collector’s case of Paserene Marathon exclusively to our Paserene Following members. These limited and unique curated cases each contain 2 bottles of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages, and sell for R4800 per case (20% members discount, usual price is R5760).

Should you wish to grab this golden opportunity and reserve a case or 2, please email us on and we will prepare them for delivery.


The new Paserene Following offers fantastic personalised benefits such as:

20% off all purchases at the tasting room or via email
Invitation to our curated events and tastings
Access to sought-after and limited library stock and selected vintages
Complimentary tastings at the Paserene Lounge for 6 people per visit
Free delivery on orders of 12 bottles or more

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Visit us –we would love to meet you and your guests!

Warm and Seasonal Regards,
Martin and the Paserene Team


Paserene is a small family operated winery owned by Martin Smith and Ndabe Mareda with the sole purpose of producing highest-end luxury wines. Great care was given 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. The name Paserene comes from the Latin word Passeriformes, the order of "traveling and free" birds containing swifts and swallows.

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