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Cloof History & Location
Just 1 hours’ drive north of Cape Town between the towns of Darling and Malmesbury, Cloof Wine Estate sits at the end of a 5 kilometre long scenic dirt road, lined with vineyards, cattle and prolific birdlife.
The Afrikaans word “Kloof” has a similar origin to the English word “cleft” and refers to a gap or gorge between two hills. Our version is spelled with a “C” in the old-fashioned Dutch way and the logo symbolises the contours of a ploughed hillside.
Cloof’s oldest surviving vines were planted in 1966 with additional plantings in 1976 and 1987. The cellar was completed in 1998 and our first wines were released in 1999. The estate has been under the same ownership for the last two decades and the vineyard area now covers nearly 4000 hectares, coupled with the neighbouring farm, ‘Burgherspost’.
Cloof wines are known for their rich, bold flavours with clearly defined fruit characteristics. We are recognised globally as a leading wine brand known for its quality and innovation. The long list of accolades awarded by the likes of Platter’s, Decanter, Michelangelo, Veritas and NWC is testimony to the hard work and passion the wines are created with. We are also one of only 50 wine producers in South Africa recognized by the WWF as Biodiversity Conservation Champions. We look forward to welcoming you!
Cloof Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: open Tue to Thu 10am-4pm, Fri & Sat 10am-3pm.
Long Table Lunches or Dinners: min 10, max 30 guests (pre-booking essential 7 days in advance).
Cycling & Walking Trails: open during wine tasting hours, free of charge.
Wildflower Trail: Aug to Oct, open during wine tasting hours, free of charge.
Guided Game Drives: available on request, 4-6 people (pre-booking essential).
All times, prices and facilities listed are subject to change. We recommend checking latest details directly with the farm and pre-booking experiences wherever possible, to avoid disappointment.
Cloof Wine Tasting
We produce in excess of 700,000 bottles of wine per year, a result of working along with the unique growing conditions in the Swartland area and having access to a bounty of top quality grapes. Our vegan-friendly wine ranges include our everyday Bush Vines Range, our multi award-winning Duckitt Collection, Signature Range and premium Winemakers Selection. As proud WWF Conservation Champions, we also produce innovative packaging solutions such as ‘Darling Wine In A Can’, with its low carbon footprint and higher recycling rate.
Our rustic cellar door Tasting Room is the ideal place for wine enthusiasts. Our expert hosts will guide you through our full collection of wine as well as introduce you to the in-house specials. Our beautiful lawn is the perfect place to enjoy the Western Cape’s renowned weather and the vine overhangs and trees provide a cooling shelter. Large groups are welcome and we are more than happy to accommodate wide varieties of parties. We recommend making a booking to ensure we can give you the most memorable experience possible.
Wine Tasting Prices
Wine tasting is currently free of charge, with various special offers on purchases available.
Unfortunately our kitchen is closed at the moment, but you are more than welcome to come and spend a day on the farm. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket and enjoy the beautiful views from our lawn area. During the drive on the 5 kilometre dirt road to reach the Tasting Room, you’re guaranteed to encounter a wide variety of birds, cattle and of course, vineyards.
Cloof Wine Estate do offer Long Table Lunch or Dinners, for groups of between 10-30. This includes a 4 course meal plus a glass of wine with each course, for R750pp. Pre-booking 7 days in advance essential, please contact the farm.
Cloof Tours & Activities
Subject to availability, visitors are welcome to take a self-guided look around our cellar.
For cyclists and hikers of all abilities, Cloof Wine Estate offer two dedicated walking and mountain bike trails, free of charge. We also have a Wildflower Trail between Aug and Oct. These are open during Wine Tasting hours – please contact the Estate for more details.
The estate is well-known as the preferred venue for the annual ‘Rocking The Daisies’ festival, in early October. Due to COVID restrictions, please check for the latest updates on whether this will run in 2022.
Should you be interested in accommodation, guests are welcome to stay at Cloof’s neighbouring farm, Burgherspost. Here visitors can also revel in some game viewing. Contact Alexa Duckitt on 082 923 8652 to book one of the lovely farm cottages or visit www.burgherspost.co.za/accommodation.
Finally, guided game drives are available with a qualified ranger, to explore the area’s flora and fauna. Priced at R1000pp, includes a bottle of wine. Min 4, max 6 and kids under 10 are free. Pre-booking essential, please contact Cloof for more information.
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