We recently had the privilege of hosting Natalie from Love My Cape Town. She, together with her husband and two kids enjoyed their day at our Estate! Natalie shares their Vergenoegd experience in a very informative read….
Vergenoegd Wine Estate is a fantastic family destination in the Stellenbosch Winelands. The farm, under new management for the past year, has been through an exciting upgrade and development stage with the introduction of new activities on the farm. It is easy to linger here all day from the Duck Parade to a variety of Blending Experiences, Wine Tasting, delicious food, artisanal picnics and plenty of fun activities for kids and a playroom. The farm aims to create a journey of unique experiences, creating memories that last a lifetime and they certainly achieved that with our visit.
My family and I had a superb day visiting the farm, with a rustic charm, on a cold winters day. On arrival the unassuming entrance, down the dusty road, might disguise what lies ahead.
The kids, all prepared in their wellies, we arrived in time for the first Duck Parade of the day. The approximately 1070 Indian Runner Ducks, with very long necks, do the cutest parade around the historic Manor House, much to the kid’s delight and once they have finished their parade the kids can feed them.
Ducks are a vital part of the Vergenoegd Experience and not only bring much joy and excitement to kids and visitors but are an essential part of the eco-friendly farming process. The Ducks assist in the farm’s natural pest-control consuming a surprising number of snails and bugs in the vineyards on their daily patrols. They are a big part of why Vergenoegd proudly carries the WWF Biodiversity Certification.
After the Duck Parade we did a Duck Tour of the nursery and duck pens with Denzel. He is wonderfully passionate and has a very important job on the farm managing the nursery. He explains the whole process from collecting the eggs, washing them, the incubation process, marking each egg, the hatching process and then looking after the little ducklings. So cute! It is very fascinating and informative and it was wonderful to learn all about this process on the farm. Thanks Denzel, we loved the tour.
We then tucked into a delicious three course Winter Feast. The food at Vergenoegd is a wholesome and delicious with traditional farm style heartiness, perfect for a cold winters day. There is no menu for the Winter Feast and the three course meal is explained to us by the chef, which is then served on platters for two to share. If you have any dietary requirements I suggest to discuss this with them ahead of time when booking.
For starters we had a roasted vegetable couscous served with herbed butter, roasted pepper pesto and bread. The main course consisted of Pork fillet wrapped in prosciutto, slow cooked Lamb with Red wine sauce, Seabass served with potato au gratin and peanut bok choy – yum! This was absolutely delicious and we loved it all.
Dessert was a delicious chocolate brownie served with orange ice cream and a selection of cheeses served with bread. Yummy this was the perfect Winter Feast. The food presentation and quality was outstanding.
The kid’s meal was very well done and arrived in a little box for them to unwrap. They had a ham and cheese croissant, a juice, yoghurt and fruit. For dessert they received another surprise box which our lovely waitress kept them waiting in anticipation through the meal to keep them excited and intrigued. Inside was an assortment of cookies, icing and sprinkles for cookie decorating to keep them busy while mom and dad finished off their delicious meal.
The service was excellent and our waiter was very attentive and wonderful with the kids and made sure they were entertained and looked after so we could relax and enjoy our meal. The playroom is right next to the dining tables and the kids were back and forth between the playroom and our table and the childminder and all staff where happy to assist with the kids to enhance our relaxation and experience on the farm.
This was a wonderful day out, and we could have easily lingered here all day if it was not for nap time and the wheels falling off our little 2-year-old. We easily spent 4 hours on the farm with the kids very well entertained and the time flew by with everyone having a fun time. It was a great winter destination for families, we will definitely return in summer for a picnic by the dam.
Vergenoegd was established in 1773 and was the third oldest wine farm in the Cape and has evolved many a farm ritual over the centuries. Vergenoegd means “satisfaction has been achieved” and is derived from the old language of the early Dutch settlers who established the farm. The farm started as a midway station for the early settlers and the Vergenoegd Manor House is a registered historical monument.
When visiting Vergenoegd you can easily linger here all day, there is plenty of entertainment on offer. Here is some information to help you plan your day.
Visit The Farm Deli for a delicious selection of light meals as well as baked breads and muffins, freshly prepared in their kitchen.
Purchase food items to take home or pack your own basket and enjoy your selection in the shade of the trees.
Artisanal picnics are available to order daily. Visitors can expect an ever-changing menu and plenty of gourmet discoveries as they feast in comfort on the farm’s peaceful lawns. There are specially prepared kiddies picnics too. Picnic blankets are available or guests can opt for a table.
The Duck Parade times are Monday to Sunday & Public Holidays at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30.
Experience a range of Vergenoegd’s varietals and vintages in a highly informative tasting.
We here at Vergenoegd cannot wait to meet you and our ducks will be pretty excited too! To find out more about all we have to offer, feel free to contact us.
HOURS OF TRADE: Mon - Sun: 08:00 - 17:00 VISIT US: Baden Powell Drive, Faure, Stellenbosch, 7131