Denau is currently managed by the fifth and sixth generation of the Naudé family that has farmed in the Hex River Valley since the mid-19th century. The business’s origins date back to 1841 when Stephanus Francois Naudé staked his claim in the southern part of the Hex River Valley. Initially this was a subsistence farming operation with cattle and vegetables but by the start of the 20th century his son had already begun producing table grapes. Citrus cultivation was introduced in the 1980’s.
Much of the expansion and consolidation of what is today Denau has been implemented by Pieter Naudé, who is still the current chairman, since the 1980’s. He started farming in 1976 on the farm Welgemoed with 28ha table grapes and through the acquisition of more farming units, over time the farming operations have increased steadily to our current 210 hectares of table grape and 120 citrus under production.