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For us it's all about the ducks

Be there by nine, or just before 5 to catch the duck rush hour.

Vergenoegd means “contented ”. I am sure the first Hollanders who journeyed by ox wagon to settle here at the end of the 1600s felt satisfied with their new prospects. Today Vergenoegd is a 25 minute drive out of Cape Town and a short trip down a dirt road, then hey presto, you're transported back in time to your great-grandparents' farmyard.

The previous owner John Faure has a passion for birds, and this love was converted into rearing a web-footed workforce. Nine hundred working ducks (ok, we didn't really count them) are herded into the vineyards each morning and earn their living by eating pests. Duck eggs are collected daily, labelled by species and taken to the incubators. Visitors can see the baby ducklings hatch and meet the scraggly teenagers. The duck parade takes place daily at 9h45 and 15h30. Yes, it's a real farm, noisy, smelly and fascinating.

The new owners, a German investment company, plan to sensitively restore the beautiful old homestead buildings that look out over a rolling green lawn to a large duck's dream of a dam scattered with water lilies. It's bucolic and peaceful and the perfect place to sit under old oaks and enjoy an artisinal picnic basket and bottle of wine.

You can pop in for a wine tasting anytime but cellar and vineyard tours are by appointment. Vergenoegd is also offering blending experiences…and you can choose to blend wine, or coffee or tea or olive oil, and you get to take your creation home with you. You do need to book these and you can do this via their website or by telephone.


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On the R310 between the N2 and Stellenbosch.
+27 21 843 3248

Mon - Sat 9h00 - 17h00
Sun 10h00 - 16h00

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Vergenoegd Wine Estate (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, -34.034568, 18.739318000000026