The year was 1930. The swashbuckling heart throb Errol Flynn was Hollywood's darling. Astronomers had just discovered Pluto, and Mahatma Gandhi had embarked on the salt march to protest British dominion over India.
At the other end of the world, in the beautiful winelands of Stellenbosch, the heir to Neethlingshof, young Kosie Louw, could no longer bear to wait for his father's blessing for his impending marriage – so he spurned his inheritance and left the historic family farm.
Instead Kosie bought himself and his young bride a small piece of the Annandale farm situated in the picturesque and fruitful Bonte River Valley in Stellenbosch. Both his wife and friends thought his actions so bold and audacious they decided to christen the new farm ‘Audacia’ in recognition of Kosie’s actions. 27 years later, his son, ‘Kosie the Second', joined his father in running the farm.
Audacia remained in the Louw family until 1996 when it was sold to the Strydom family, with the Harris family becoming partners in 2002. These families remain proud custodians of the Audacia heritage and continue to push the boundaries when making the unique red wines the farm has become famous for.
Every Saturday and Sunday we have the Root44 market on the premises.