Winebusiness.com - Homepage for the Wine Industry

Haak Vineyards and Winery Adds New Assistant Winemaker


Date: 08/06/12

Behind every bottle of wine is talent and passion, and when Raymond Haak, founder and winemaker at Haak Vineyards and Winery in Santa Fe, Texas, began his search for an assistant, he found those qualities in Marta Sanchez Lastowska. The family owned and operated winery recently hired Lastowka as the new Haak assistant 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, 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.

“We are thrilled to have Marta on board,” owner Raymond Haak said. “She brings much knowledge and expertise, and we look forward to seeing all that she has in store for the Haak winery.”

The new assistant winemaker brings her technical knowledge of producing wine and believes the future is bright for Texas wines.

“Wine is alive,” said Lastowska. “It changes with time, so it should be treated as a living thing. There is a lot of work, science and art behind each bottle.”

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, please visit www.haakwine.com or call 409.925.1401.

Region: Texas
Job Function: Winemaking

submit people news

Submit your press release and photo to people@winebusiness.com

wines & vines directory

Search wineries, growers, distributors, and industry suppliers in North America

latest used barrels

- used barrels  •  yesterday at 1:52PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 9:16AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 8:09AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 6:48AM PDT

latest real estate

- real estate  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 1:20PM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 11:48AM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 8:18AM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 26, 2014 at 1:59PM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 21, 2014 at 5:00PM PDT

latest used equipment

- used equipment  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 28, 2014 at 4:26PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 4:26AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 4:26AM PDT

latest services & supplies

- services & supplies  •  yesterday at 2:51PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 5:56PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 22, 2014 at 11:29AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 19, 2014 at 4:11PM PDT

industry events

Oct 4
CA
Oct 5
CA
Search Events:

Copyright© 1994-2014 by Wine Communications Group. All Rights Reserved. Copyright protection extends to all written material, graphics, backgrounds and layouts. None of this material may be reproduced for any reason without written permission of the Publisher. Wine Business Insider, Wine Business Monthly, Grower & Cellar News and Wine Market News are all trademarks of Wine Communications Group and will be protected to the fullest extent of the law.