Blog: Chris MercerBoozing baboons and other vineyard animals

Chris Mercer | 29 March 2010

Baboons in South Africa have developed a palate for Pinot Noir and are helping themselves in the country's vineyards, according to local reports.

The baboon is fast becoming the 'bete noir' of the South African wine industry, according to reports.

These tricksy baboons are munching through Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes in the Franschhoek Valley while winemakers' backs are turned.

Unconfirmed reports said that a DVD of the film Sideways was found at a baboon base near to the vineyards.

Baboons are not the only threat to grapevines from the animal kingdom, according to our research (otherwise known as a two-minute tea-break scout on Google).

In 2009, there were reports that Californian wineries were using falcons to ward off starlings intent on snaffling grapes.

There are also reports of deer stalking vineyards, while who could forget the tale of raccoons running amok through German vines in 2005?




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