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?

 

 


BLOG

Bad day on the beer? This'll help

If you work for a brewer and are having a rough week, take a minute to regain some perspective with this, from the good people at US craft beer producer Sierra Nevada Brewing Co....

BLOG

Brewers Association "bid" to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev strikes a chord

Is this a case of if you can't beat them, buy them?...

BLOG

Non-alcoholic beer fails the Bernstein challenge

Crazy days in the Bernstein offices. Taking time out from being one of the world’s top beverage analysts, the Bernstein team, lead by its London-based veteran Trevor Stirling, held its very own taste ...

BLOG

AG Barr launches Funkin innovation search

AG Barr has lined up a Funkin campaign in the UK to find an 'innovation champion'. ...

just-drinks homepage



Forgot your password?