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MARAIS FAMILY WINES
The Farm was established in 1825. The Marais Family were the original owners and have been ever since. The Marais originated from just outside Paris in a marshy region called Marais, and Marais is a suburb of the city today.
The original owners started as livestock farmers, but they began planting cash crops later and fruit trees like apples (with which they made cider from the one house on the farm, still called the Apple House).
At the end of the 19th century, vines were planted, but it was only at the end of the Great War that vineyards were planted as a sole income commodity because of a shortage of wines in Europe.
All the farms had their own cellars, but at the end of the 2nd World War, cooperatives started. Owner Kosie Marais’s grandfather donated the grounds for the current co-op but still kept his own cellar, Breëland, as he was a good winemaker and businessman.