There’s a remarkable piece of paradise off the east coast of Africa: A centuries-old family estate on the magnificent island of Mauritius. Framed by spectacular sugar cane fields, the estate dates back to 1774 and boasts a beautiful old château and breathtaking orchards. There, in a home surrounded by centenary mango and palm trees, is where you’ll find the Rousset family.
“The story of Idun is about more than a passion for winemaking and a journey of discovering the Elgin Valley. Idun is inextricably woven into the story of our family,” says founder Albert Rousset.
In the beginning there was Joanne and Albert. The couple met while studying at a design school in Durban, South Africa. Joanne grew up in Durban, while Albert was raised in Mauritius and spent his final school years in South Africa at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg. The couple has been married for 28 years and has four children. Their firstborn, Jamaique, is 24 years old and currently studying clothing design at Esmod in Paris. 20-year-old Yasmin is an architecture student at England’s Bristol University, while 18-year-old Leo and 13-year-old Jenna are both at school in Mauritius.
The Rousset family is a close-knit bunch and share a passion for travelling and horses. Especially horses. The family has kept horses for over 100 years and like their ancestors, all six of them are avid equestrians.
Idun Wines was born when the family travelled to the southwest coast of South Africa to scout out a special needs school for their son Leo. On their visit, they passed through the fruitful Elgin Valley, which is as famous for its outstanding wines as it is for its delicious apples. The Rousset family was captivated by the quality and potential of South African wines, and local winemaker Paul Wallace inspired them to embark on a journey in pursuit of creating truly exceptional wines that embody their journey as a family.
The name Idun came naturally, as she is the Norse goddess of eternal life, fertility and apples. Idun brings the hope of new beginnings and the chance to create something to cherish today and for generations to come.