The Darling wineroute

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Situated just outside Cape Town on the West Coast, is the picturesque town of Darling.  Darling was the first wine producing district in South Africa to be awarded membership status by the Biodiversity Wine Initiative, with all of the individual farms, including the Darling Cellars, achieving accreditation, this is the first time that this has occurred in the world.

 

Until recently, Darling had not been given its due as a wine producing region, often it was not even included on official wine maps.  Darling has a fantastic climate for viticulture, it has long, hot summer mornings in the low lying areas and cool breezes that come off the Atlantic Ocean in the afternoon, it is this very climate that has helped Darling gain a reputation for a variety of wines containing depth and intensity.

 

The area is made up of predominantly dry land and the vineyards are a combination of trellised and bush vine. The soils are rich in granite and have high moisture retention, which have resulted in low yielding vines with small, thick-skinned berries.

The 5 cellars that make up the Darling wine route are Cloof, Darling Cellars, Groote Post, Ormonde Vineyards and Tukulu, each have received awards from wine shows, earning them a reputation of superior quality. Its unique terrior is mostly a result of its location to the Atlantic Ocean and its soils which retain a great deal of moisture.

 

There is much quaint Cape accommodation in this small town for visitors to inhabit while they take in the local sites and cultural events, which consist of a theatre, museum, gallery, cellar tours and restaurants.  The accommodation found here, while not as trendy as the holiday accommodation Cape Town has to offer, still has its own charms. There are lovely views of the Atlantic Ocean that rival the ocean view Camps Bay apartments are known for. However, the Cape holiday accommodation found in Darling is far more reasonable than the average apartments to rent in Cape Town.