Every process on our farm is designed to leave as light a footprint as possible. This starts with a deep respect for the land and every creature that calls it home. Our working flock of Indian Runner Ducks form part of a natural pest control solution integral to the quality of our wines. We follow environmentally conscious principles such as recycling, solar electricity, composting and low-water drip irrigation systems. This is why we are proud of our WWF Conservation Champion status, and IPW biodiversity certifications.
We care about our people as much as we do about the environment. As a proud member of the Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA), we are committed to creating a safe, supportive and uplifting working environment that enables our farm workers and surrounding communities to benefit.
At Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate, we've always been dedicated to great wine, innovation and environmentally friendly farming practices. So when it came to protecting our precious vineyards from pests, we asked: Is there a way to do it without harming the farm's delicate ecosystem? Our working flock of 1000 Indian Runner Ducks forage in the vineyards, happily dining on snails and keeping our farm pest free, naturally. We are one of Africa's proud pioneers of a very unique, integrated pest management program, a practice we have been refining since 1984.
They wander across the Homestead grounds daily at 9:00 and 12:00. Or you might catch sight of them as they make their way past the Homestead on their way to the vineyards or coming for a swim before heading back home.
The best way to see them is to book breakfast or lunch at Geuwels Restaurant or lunch at Clara’s Barn or a wine tasting. To ensure the safety and well-being of these hardworking ducks, we kindly request that pets not be brought onto the premises. Your cooperation helps us maintain a peaceful environment for our dedicated feathered friends.
Wine farming with people and nature in mind
Vergenoegd Löw The Wine Estate has invented and uses its own sustainability iconography which can be found on all our products.
Our world renowned indian runner ducks
We have always loved our ducks here at Vergenoegd, but we have decided to take it a step further and show people that we actually love ALL birds! Our ducks are a big part of why Vergenoegd Löw proudly carries a WWF biodiversity certification seal as well as being awarded Conservation Champion status.
As part of our commitment to sustainability and to safe valuable amounts of water in our vineyards we make use of so called drip irrigation. This is a type of irrigation system that saves water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants with the goal to place water directly into the root zone and therefore minimize evaporation.