Le Roux Family

le-rouxThe ancestors of the Le Roux family (Jean *1667-1711 and Gabriel *1669-1711) arrived at the Cape on 13 April 1688 along with 20 other Huguenots. Jean and Gabriel's parents were Pierre (sergeant de la justice) and Anne Bourdon. As Huguenots, they fled out of Blois, Mer and Vendome - located next to the Loire River - in France, and were invited by the Nederlandse VOC to help them to expand the wine industry in the Cape.

They established their vineyards on both sides of the Bergrivier in the Paarl. After a very modest beginning 325 years ago and with little aid from government or anybody else, they are today firmly established in the same area as 9th and 10th generation wine farmers. Gabriel married Marie-Catherine le Febre in 1701. Both brothers drowned in the winter of 1711. The Le Roux ancestors were always involved with the church, business world and community. Jannie (1867-1945) was the founder member of the Huguenote Wynboere.

Jannie (1909-1961) produced wine, started farming with proteas, exported fruit and was actively involved in the business community. Jannie (1945-) started farming in 1968 and were involved in several wine and other businesses.

In 2001, Jannie jnr started farming and in July 2010, he took over the reigns. Like their ancestors, they see their role only as the custodians of their ancestors' heritage while making sure that the land is developed in such a way that it will still be able to sustain future generations.

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