Biodiversity at Vergenoegd Wine Estate

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Vergenoegd Wine Estate off Baden Powell Road near Somerset West has for many years been known for its Indian Runner Ducks, which are bred by owner John Faure to assist with pest control in the vineyards.

The daily “duck parade” where hundreds of these efficient feathered workers walk across the historic farm werf to their “jobs”, are a source of delight to kids and adults, who congregate to photograph and enjoy the spectacle. The launch of the Waterbird Habitat and Water Quality Project last month, which has at its heart the rejuvenation of natural water resources with the aim to increasing the number of indigenous water birds, is therefore a perfect fit for this acclaimed wine estate.

Vergenoegd Wine Estate

The winery now has a bird walk and hides from where the water birds can be seen, which makes a visit to this scenic family farm even more of a must-do.   Combine the visit with a wine tasting in the historic manor house and a meal in the Pomegranate Restaurant, and you have a perfect day out in the Winelands.

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