The Darling Wine Route
Did you know?
The town of Darling has a speciaist wine shop dedicated to promoting and selling the region's wines.
The Darling Wine Route, off the R27 West Coast road, between the towns of Yzerfontein and Malmsbury, is historically a dairy-producing area. Wine of Origin status, wines of unusual character, scenic beauty, and the West Coast’s laid-back vibe are fast ensuring the Darling Wine Route a place on the quality-conscious wine lover's map.
Darling’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the vineyards' elevation, particularly in the high-lying Groenekloof ward, have a significant effect on the grapes grown here, prompting some winemakers from other Western Cape wine-growing regions to set up source vineyards in this coastal wine region.
Darling is well suited to the production of cool-climate wines. Hot summer mornings ensure phenolic ripeness, while late afternoon sea breezes cool the vineyards. Despite the region’s predominantly dry land terrain and sparse rainfall in winter and spring, winemakers have succeeded in encouraging moisture retention in Darling’s lime-rich, red-clay soils. A typical early morning ocean fog contributes to providing moisture to the vineyards.
Cultivars grown on the Darling Wine Route include Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin grapes, as well as lesser-known varieties like Viognier, Weisser Riesling, Carignan and Petit Verdot. However, on this West Coast wine route, lovers of Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Pinotage will be most-rewarded.
Begin your Darling Wine Route at Cloof Cellars, whose wines include their award-winning Crucible Shiraz (single-vineyard), Very Sexy Shiraz, Cloof Pinotage and some unusual red blends. At nearby Darling Cellars, wines include the premium Onyx range, easy-drinking Flamingo Bay wines, and Zantsi low-alcohol, natural sweet wines.
Next, visit Ormonde Cellars located in Darling town. This estate offers 3 wine ranges: the easy-drinking Alexanderfontein, Ondine, and their flagship range, Ormonde.
If you’re not in a hurry, spend time exploring the centre of Darling. Otherwise, head out on the R307, to Groote Post’s wine estate. Groote Post wines are at the pricier end of Darling’s wines, and they produce the only method cap classique and noble late harvest wines in the ward. Groote Post has won a slew of local awards, notably for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Old Man’s Blend and Shiraz wines.
The wines of Tukulu and négociant Withington’s Wines are only available from The Darling Wine Shop in town.
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Who to contact
Pastorie Street, Darling
Tel: +27 (0) 22 492 3361