The History of Domaine de Labourdonnais Ltee
The Domaine de Labourdonnais Ltee, situated in the north of Mauritius, is a family owned estate which was established in 1774 and incorporated in 2011.
In 1821, the estate was purchased by Jacques de Chasteigner Du Mee, who named it Labourdonnais. At that time a small sugar factory was already present on the estate.
In 1848 Christian Wiehe, who had married one of the grand-daughter of Mr. Du Mee, took over the management of the estate, he later purchased it and had the Chateau built between 1856 and 1859.
Since its creation, the estate has been mainly involved in agricultural activities, sugar cane being the main crop cultivated on the estate. In 1960, when its sugar factory was closed down as the consequence of the centralisation process of the Mauritian sugar industry, the company embarked in a process of diversifying its activities. Initially this process occurred mainly within agriculture but during the past thirty years the company diversified outside agriculture. Today the company is involved in different business sectors namely:
2. Fruit Processing
3. Leisure and Events
4. Real Estate
5. Rum Manufacturing
The Domaine de Labourdonnais consists of some 500 hectares of land, out of which 365 hectares are used for the cultivation of sugar cane and 45 hectares is dedicated to orchards where fruits such as; mangoes, oranges, citrus, guavas, passion fruits, papayas and custard apples, amongst others are cultivated. The estate has over 150 years of experience in dealing with fruits production. The estate also produces vanilla under shade houses on some 5 hectares.
Its nursery, which is the oldest of the island, produces over 50,000 seedlings annually. Specialised in the production of fruit trees, it offers also several ornamental plants such as: palm from Madagascar, Bougainvillea, Frangipani, Hibiscus, Ixora, Cluzia, Duranta and many more.
The estate also operates a greenhouse which is mainly used for the production of Anthuriums but also other exotic flowers. These are either sold to local florists or used on the estate for the making of bouquets, sold at La Corbeille, a grocery shop with an authentic touch situated on the estate. At La Corbielle guests will find different products such as marmalades, fruits pastes, juices, vegetables etc which are manufactured on the estates, but also a wide range of other products from local manufacturers.
La Terrasse, which is situated in the vicinity of La Corbeille, is a small café/restaurant opened to the public during week days and on Saturdays. Guests have a choice of simple,
delicious and very affordable meals. La Terrasse is also available for private gatherings during evenings on reservation.
Le Chateau de Labourdonnais, reputed to be a chef d’oeuvre of architectural elegance, was renovated in 2006 and converted into a museum. It provides to visitors a unique experience of life at colonial times. It is the perfect setting for different events, such as weddings or corporate events, organised in its beautiful tropical gardens. Adjacent to the Chateau, the restaurant La Table du Chateau, managed by Chef Fabio de Poli, is open seven days a week for lunch and during the week end for supper. It is rated as one of the best restaurant on the island.
The Fruit Processing Factory operates under the brand name Les Vergers de Labourdonnais since the past 25 years. It is involved in the transformation of fruits into different products such as juices, jams, fruit paste, ice cream and sorbet.
Domaine de Labourdonnais also possesses a Distillery which is known as Distillerie de Labourdonnais. The distillery produces agricultural rum which is used to prepare a wide range of products, including flavoured rum using fruits from the estate’s orchards. Rum produced by the distillery has won several medals during competitions such as Rumfest in Berlin, Concours Mondial de Spiritueux in Bruxelles, and Top Rhum in France.
The Property Development activity of Domaine de Labourdonnais is becoming increasingly important. During the past decade, old employees’ houses and other similar buildings, that were occupied when the sugar factory was operational, have been refurbished and converted into offices that are rent mainly to small business and start-ups.
Vision Statement of Domaine de Labourdonnais
‘’We aspire to create an authentic experience’’
This vision statement defines what the organisation wants to achieve in the future and is based on the following core values:
At DDL Uniqueness means offering authentic & exclusive products & services that increases customers’ satisfaction motivates employees & creates wealth.
Together we drive DDL to success by fulfilling our respective duties allocated as part of the crew.
· Customer Focus
To be attentive and responsive to the clients’ needs.
Innovation at DDL is through continuous development of quality products & services.