#DoStellies – The Duck Parade at Vergenoegd Wine Estate

by Karisa

So Vergenoegd Wine Estate has a flock of over 1000 Indian Runner Ducks who assist as natural pest-control by eating tons of snails and other bugs which help to protect the Vergenoegd vineyards.

This practice is something they’ve been refining since 1984 and a big part of why they carry a WWF Biodiversity certification.

Super cool right?

And every day at Vergenoegd you can watch how his awesome gang of ducks make their way from the duck pens to the vineyard where they get to work.

The estate also has a research & breeding program to ensure that the ducks are kept happy & healthy at all times and if you so wish, you can also do a tour of the duck pens and “breeding room” with Denzel, their duck farmer.

The best part is that anyone can stop by to witness this incredible parade and trust me, this might seem like a “ja OK, this might be cool to see” kinda thing, but it had me filled with joy just like a small child holding a puppy for the first time… #happiness

Here are some piccies:


But of course a video is waaaaaaaay better!!

So the Duck Parade takes place:
Mon – Fri: 09H45, 12H30 & 15H30
Sat – Sun: 10H00 & 12H30 & 15H30
Public Holidays: 10H00 & 12H30 & 15H30

And while you’re there you may also want to do a wine tasting, blending experience, cellar tour, picnic, breakfast or lunch.  Hell they even offer kids entertainment, a family 3km & 5km run every Saturday, live concerts every 1st Sunday of the summer months, and a Saturday market (every Saturday) from 10am to 4pm.  So lots to see & do.

For more details or to book a table at their restaurant, you can contact them on:

+ 27 (0) 21 843 3248 / +27 (0) 76 259 0017

And then you’ll find them here: Vergenoegd Wine Estate, Faure, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch Wine Route

PS.  For other posts in my #DoStellies series, hop on over here:


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