• History of Neuras

History of Neuras

In the local Koikoi language, Neuras means the "place of abandoned water". Neuras Estate owes its early existence as a farm to the presence of several crystal clear cold-water springs, and dates back to 1894.
The Neuras Estate extends southwards from the top of the majestic Naukluft Mountains and is typical of the pro-Namib geological and natural environment. Ancient canyons with huge banks of stromatolytes and fascinating geological formations including the 548 million year old Namacolathus fossils provide marvelous opportunities for nature hikes.
Neuras Estate Canyon Neuras Estate Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren
In 1894, a decade after the country became a German protectorate; a gardener named Ernst Hermann grew vegetables and cereals here to feed the Schutztruppe. Herman bought Neuras Estate from the German Colonial Gemeinschaft. Ernst Herman was murdered by Henrik Witbooi the Nama leader, and Neuras Estate was inherited by his son, Felix Herman. According to history Mr. Landsrath owned Neuras Estate from 1942 and divided Neuras Estate into 2 pieces which he gave to his 2 daughters.
In 1996 Allan and Sylvia Walkden-Davis bought Neuras Estate from one of the daughters, Mrs. Renate Jacobi. They were intrigued by the old vines found on Neuras Estate as Allan had wine making aspirations, and they made contact with renowned South African winemaker Abrie Bruwer from the Springfield estate, who offered to help them with the wine making. They planted Shiraz and Merlot vines and produced their first wines in 2001.

Allan and Sylvia, with the help of friends like Abrie Bruwer and Jaco van der Merwe, built Neuras Estate into a unique winery, with the driest terriors in the world. Not only did Allan and Sylvia rehabilitate the vines and gardens, they also started conserving the fauna and flora of Neuras Estate, previously overgrazed by hundreds of Karakoel sheep which had been taken over by invader bush.
In 2009 Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren, with their partners Chris Heunis, Jannes Brandt and Jan Verburg, started looking for a piece of land in the South west of Namibia. Their successful reintroduction of cheetah, leopard and brown hyena into the arid Namib convinced them that the South West of Namibia could eventually become a model for conservation that would fit Naankuse’s unique conservation vision.
Early 2012 the sale of Neuras Estate went through and the Naankuse group is now the proud owners of Neuras: Naankuse Wine and Wildlife Estate (Neuras Estate) and hope to build on the hard work of Allan and Sylvia Walkden Davis, who remain in support of what Neuras Estate has become renowned for and stands for, making quality wine while conserving the land and wildlife of Neuras.