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Darling Cellars History & Location
Darling Cellars is situated on South Africa’s cool west coast between the towns of Malmesbury and Darling, approximately 1 hours’ drive from Cape Town and 15 kilometres from the coastline.
1996 heralded a new era for the region of Darling, with the establishment of our private cellar. Today, 20 shareholders produce grapes from an area of approximately 1300 hectares, with a focus on producing wines that are true to the unique terroir of the region and true to the grape varietal.
Our cool and temperate climate, along with the different soil types, lead to unique grapes which we guide into even more unique wines. With approximately 95% of all our vineyards being unirrigated (dry land) and roughly the same percentage being bush vines (i.e. not trellised), this is as close as one can get to what nature intended for grapes to be – and result in wines that are true to their terroir and true to the identity which we have crafted over time.
We look forward to welcoming families and friends soon, we have a jungle gym for kids and both indoor and outdoor seating.
Darling Cellars Operating Hours
Wine Tasting & Light Meals: open Mon to Thu 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-4pm, Sat & Public Holidays 10am-2pm.
Cellar Tours: by appointment only.
Closed Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. 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.
Darling Cellars Wine Tasting
The soils of the Western Cape are approximately 4 and a half million years old. These are extremely old compared to the relatively young soils of Europe. More nutrients are thus found in the lower soil levels in Darling, and with a nice deep root system, our bush vines work their way down and reach these nutrients to bring forward more fruit flavours in the grapes.
Darling Cellars produces four main wine ranges. Our Darling Cellars Reserve range is the core of what we’re about: varietal wines which are fruity, accessible and excellent value. Our Classic range is fun and easy drinking, designed for occasions where you want to entertain. Our Old Bush Vine Range comes from specific old bush vines – and our Premium range comes from site-specific vineyards, both of these being specifically selected for their uniqueness in prominent terroir flavours.
Wine Tasting Prices
For R50pp, Darling Cellars offers 8 wines of your choice, from a selection available on the day.
Darling Cellars Restaurants
Light lunches are served in the Tasting Room including a Cheese Platter for 2 or 4 (R175 or R300), a Sausage & Popper Platter for 2 or 4 (R150 or R250) , plus kebabs, ‘snackwiches’, chips and a Tramezinni (Italian style finger sandwich). Prices from R50 per item and a selection of soft drinks and local craft beer is available.
On Wednesdays, Darling Cellars offer a lunch and glass of wine for R100pp. Previous options have included curries and hearty stews. Do call ahead to-prebook as this is very popular!
Darling Cellars Tours & Activities
Darling Cellars offer a cellar tour, subject to pre-booking, by appointment only. Please contact the farm for more information.
When Lucy Visited
Lucy hasn’t visited this wine farm yet, but it’s on her list. Check back soon for updates and reviews!