For this you need a few important components. Most importantly you need a place – a vineyard – and a transfer of energy from the vineyard to the soil, the sun, the clouds, the rain. But you also need people. That is what brings passion, relationships, loyalty, dedication, friendship, love, and laughter. When you blend all of these components together in the right amounts, you create a wine that’s definitely worth drinking,” says Marras.
Son of the soil Martin ‘Marras’ Lamprecht was born Capetonian and raised in the small town of Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal. He blames his close-knit family for his love of life and all the beautiful and delicious things in it. It was this joy of sharing experiences that sent Marras down the winemaking path; he graduated from Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute with a Cum Laude in B.Agric Cellar Technology in 2010, the academic equivalent of All Gold Tomato Sauce. Armed only with the best recipe for braaibroodjies and fledgling ambitions, he was then mentored by the legendary David Nieuwoudt of Cederberg Wines.
The time came to share that recipe with others, and Marras with the searching soul of a jackal made his way to the Northern Rhône Valley, France and found that he had quite a bit to learn from the French, including that a winemaker must never overestimate his own importance. They also taught him how to produce wines that showcase the history of the vineyard and its people, while introducing him to some of the singular varietals he came to rediscover back home in the Swartland and Piekenierskloof. In return he showed them how to properly gooi a braai.