From Spain to Texas, and with a few stops in between, Marta Sanchez Lastowska has made a place for herself at Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe, Texas. After taking the position as assistant winemaker a little over a year ago at the family-owned winery, Raymond Haak, founder and winemaker at the vineyard, happily promoted her — Lastowka now has the title of winemaker.
Originally from Spain, Lastowska was raised in a strong wine-drinking culture. She earned her enology degree at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain, and her master’s degree in enology at the Agronomic Engineering School of Madrid, Spain, after graduating from the Autonomous University in Madrid with a bachelor’s in food science. She has worked in New Mexico as a winery lab supervisor and in North Carolina developing an enology program at Appalachian State University, where she also operated a mobile wine laboratory.
Lastowska has an interest in every aspect of winemaking — from tending to the soil to the yearly harvest, tastings and blendings. She enjoys the challenge of producing the best wine possible from the grapes received and strives for a good balance and complexity.
“The past year at Haak has been an incredible one,” said Lastowska. “I am honored to be promoted to winemaker and thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with Raymond and his family. The vineyard and winery produces exceptional Blanc du Bois and Madeiras, amongst a variety of other wines, and I know we’ll continue to grow and learn about what it means to create outstanding Texas wines.”
Lastowska brings her technical knowledge of producing wine and sees a continued bright future for Texas wines.
“Marta has been an asset to our business,” said Raymond Haak. “Her intense curiosity and love for what we do here at the winery is unparalleled.”
About Haak Vineyards & Winery
Established in 2000, Haak Vineyards & Winery is an award-winning, family-owned winery located in Santa Fe, Texas. With Founders Gladys and Raymond Haak at the helm, Haak has become most known for producing two unique wines from two grapes that are new to the wine world, including Blanc du Bois, a grape with Florida origins, and the Black Spanish or Jacquez grape, which produces a particularly distinctive wine: the Haak Madeira. The first and only working vineyard in Galveston County, Haak is open to the public where tours and tastings are offered daily. For more information about Haak Vineyards & Winery, visit www.haakwine.com or call 409-925-1401.