A Day at Vergenoegd Wine Estate

At the end of an ordinary farm road, behind an understated entrance, lies an extraordinary day out in the Winelands. Vergenoegd Wine Estate is a little gem and a unique experience just outside Stellenbosch and still so close to Cape Town. Very rarely does a business impress me as much as Vergenoegd did on a media day organised by Destinate in December 2015.

Please click on any of the pictures below to view in full size.

Their sustainable approach towards farming is refreshing, using 700 or so Indian Runner ducks as natural pest-control. This mega cute, waddling workforce sets off daily at around 09.30 hrs to hoover up any unwanted snails and bugs in the Vergenoegd vineyards, and thus cutting down dramatically on the use of pesticides. I have to admit the Duck Parade completely made my day and still puts a smile on my face every time I look at the pictures below.

All the vegetables grown by Chef Rhyan Shell, aka The Food Dude, are organic and used in all their cooking.

Not only created the Vergenoegd team a range of fascinating, experiential, hands-on, and most importantly fun activities, such as coffee, tea, wine, and olive oil blending, but they also offer classic, artisanal, scrumptious picnics, as well as traditional and vintage wine tastings.

And at the end of every day, the waddling workforce returns home after a hard day’s work in the vineyards.

Vergenoegd waddling workforce return home for the night

For a more detailed story check ‘A Vergenoegd day in Stellenbosch’ on The Good Holiday.
For prices and booking information check the Vergenoegd Wine Estate website.

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