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Vergenoegd, Faure

Perhaps the best known Faure farm

Whatever one write about the Faure family in South Africa will not be complete unless mention is made of the farm VERGENOEGD.

Regarded by many as the "Faure farm", it played an important role in the family history. Many members of the Faure family have some connection with the farm. Some were born on the farm, or celebrated an important event on the farm, like the occasional wedding. Some family members also came to the farm in their last days.

Whatever your connection to the farm, VERGENOEGD will be remembered dearly, not only for the quality wines that were produced here.

Some of the highlights include the following:

In 1696, a farm on the banks of the Eerste River was granted to Pieter de Vos. He called it VERGENOEGD.


The then owner of VERGENOEGD, Johannes Nicolus COLYN,  transformed the homestead from  what was likely a 'T' shape to an incomplete 'H'. Johannes also added  the 'holbol' gable, as was fashionable at the time, embossing it with the year 1773 and an incorrectly spelt "Vergenoegt".


For the next near 200 years, the farm was owned by a Faure. 

In 1820, Johannes Gysbertus FAURE (1796-1869) was the first Faure to own the farm. He bought it from the Lutheran minister Johan Georg Lochner.
In 1825, tragedy struck as the oldest son of farmer Johannes FAURE, Jacobus Christiaan FAURE (1819-1825) drowned in the farm dam near the homestead.

By 1847, Johannes sold the farm to his younger brother, Jacobus Christiaan FAURE (1798-1876) and a new 6 generation history on the farm was born. 

Jacobus was first married to Elisabeth BRINK. He had 2 children with her, and his other farm, 'Rustenberg' (near Vergenoegd) was passed to these children. 

Vergenoegd was passed to his children by his second wife, Elisabeth MYBURGH.

Johannes Albertus FAURE (1838-1902) inherited the farm. He not only farmed on Vergenoegd, he was also a Member of the Legislative Assembly the Cape Colony and a Member of the Legislative Council for the period 1891-1902. He also served as Minister of Native Affairs in the RHODES government of 1890. 

He was married Anna Frederika Wilhelmina BRAND (1839-1920), sister of President BRAND of the OFS.

Jacobus Christiaan FAURE (Kosie) (1861-1934) inherited and was a Farmer at Vergenoegd. He farmed wine grapes, cattle and horses. 

During the Boer War of 1899-1902, many horses from Vergenoegd were supplied to the British forces.

Johannes Albertus FAURE (1900-1967) (John) inherited Vergenoegd and was a Farmer there. He cultivated wine grapes and crafted wines of excellent quality which won many awards. John married Elaine Constance BRAND, granddaughter of President BRAND of the OFS.

The brothers Jacobus Christiaan FAURE (Jac) (1934-2008)  and Johannes Henricus Brand FAURE (1838-2007) inherited Vergenoegd and continued the family wine farming tradition.

On the photo, Jac hold the Jan Smuts trophy awarded to Vergenoegd in 1972 for the best wine of the season.

Johannes Albertus FAURE (1962- ) (John, son of Jac) is the last of the Faure family to be involved with the farm and wine making. 

He was also responsible for the modern cellars on the farm.

Oct 2015
Vergenoegd was sold to the German investment Group LIVIA and there is no longer a Faure presence on the farm.

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