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The Army of Ducks

If you think ducks can't work in the wine-making business, visit South Africa and see for yourself


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Vergenoegd vineyard, just about 50 km from Cape Town, is home​ for 1070 duck wine-making army that keeps the ground in perfect condition, eliminating pest and snails. Even the label of this wine proudly holds the name of Runner Duck Label! Although the ducks might become a bit too shy when they see a perfect stranger like yourself, the sheer amount of them joyfully hopping around is worth the trip!

Visitors can observe the army of ducks marching to work at the vineyards at 9:45 a.m. and then they go back at 3:30 p.m. after their work day is over. According to the farmers, ducks also are responsible for the fertilization of the vineyards. The birds were originally brought from Asia and have been living at the vineyard for many years, helping to reduce pesticide use there.

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