Carla Pauw started to work full time as winemaker in 2000 after her studies in Viticulture and Oenology. Her love for French Champagne led to her first barrel of Cap Classique in 2003 under her own name. When she opened the first bottle two years later and tasted it she realized her dream to one day make her own MCC had come true. With Carla's first harvest she invited friends to help harvest the grapes and press it in a wooden basket press. This led to a joyful dancing on the grapes. That was the beginning of Saltare, which means 'to dance' in Latin (pronounced saltaré). Saltare wines are made in a small cellar in the centre of Stellenbosch, situated alongside the Eerste River. The grapes originate from vineyards across the Western Cape where Carla has over time selected (and tasted) the blocks best suited to what she wants to make. Each wine carries the characteristic of the terroir where the grapes come from. Carla's philosophy in wine making includes minimal impact and biodynamics. Grape juice and wine is moved with gravitation rather than pumps, wooden barrels serve as balancing and integration component rather than flavour component, and the wines are allowed the time they need to develop roundness and wholeness.