Built in 1885, Ouhuis ("Old House") is the oldest homestead in the greater Zeekoevlei area near Clanwilliam in South Africa. The entire farm was later divided into seven small farms. The Ouhuis is on the part that became Zeekoevlei 109.
In 1954 Willie Engelbrecht bought Zeekoevlei 109 as well as the parts of Groenkol and Jaap-se-Kop. He started out as the first farmer in the region to grow Rooibos, wine, peaches and apricots. He also kept sheep and cattle. The region's first drying area for Rooibos was created there in 1961 and is still clearly visible.
In the 80s, inspired by Willi's daughter-in-law Bep, the brand OUHUIS® was born - the ® stands for Rooibos. Almost all family members took part in the design of the entire brand image: from the company logo and packaging design to the wording and marketing. Christie, Bep's husband, naturally cultivated the Rooibos for OUHUIS® himself.