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Wine-lovers got ex­cited when or­ganic wines started mak­ing their way onto shelves – but that was just the be­gin­ning. At Verge­noegd Wine Es­tate in Stel­len­bosch, bot­tles of in­sec­ti­cide have been re­moved to make way for… ducks. (Yes, you read that cor­rectly.) The farm’s 700-strong flock of In­dian run­ner ducks keeps the vine­yards free of pests by munch­ing snails and slugs as they pa­trol the vines. Also wor­thy of an eco-men­tion is Van Lov­eren’s Tan­gled Tree range. A large num­ber of the vine­yards used to pro­duce this range of wines aren’t un­der cul­ti­va­tion, while oth­ers are un­der con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment. This has helped to boost local wildlife pop­u­la­tions. The brand’s also made use of re­cy­clable PET bot­tles, rather than glass, to min­imise en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. Spier’s also in on the act, hir­ing treep­reneurs who are sup­plied with tree seeds to plant, which can then be ex­changed for food, cloth­ing, ed­u­ca­tional sup­port and other es­sen­tials once the trees have reached a cer­tain height. Visit: www.verge­, www. vanlov­ and

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