Martin graduated at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute as the top male student in 2010 with a Cum Laude in B.Agric cellar technology.

David Nieuwoudt of Cederberg Cellars mentored Martin with various techniques “from vineyard to bottle”. Being a quick learner, Martin rapidly became successful as a winemaker with his own personal touch.

Appreciating various styles of winemaking, Martin decided that he needed a bit of French flair to broaden his knowledge and embarked on a journey to experience French winemaking at its best. “They taught me how to produce wine that correctly showcase the history of the vineyard and its people.”

Martin’s French experience was particularly beneficial as it involved working with varietals (cultivars), which grow particularly well in the Swartland and Piekenierskloof areas, where the Marras grapes grow lusciously.

All I really do is take the grapes by their hands and guide them to where they want to be

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