Darling Wine Tasting Tours
The Darling region, famous for its colorful, spring wild flowers, used to be part of the Swartland wine route, but due to its popularity and increase in wineries, this has now been declared a separate wine route. There are now 5 wine estates all producing high quality wines that are concentrated because of the perfect climatic conditions. Here you will find some of the most elegant and exquisite wines being produced. The Groenekloof area was discovered in 1682 and thought to be perfect for farming, however, it was upon the arrival of the Cape Governor lieutenant, Charles Henry Darling in 1852 that this town was founded with the establishment of his farm, Langfoentein. It is easy to visit this lovely West Coast town and peruse the different wineries, but you can also find all the local wines conveniently at the Vyge Valley Farmstall at wonderfully cheap prices.
In Darling, which is only one hours drive away from Cape Town, you will find that the summers are long and hot. This is the ideal condition for growing grapes. Add to it the cool Atlantic Ocean breezes that waft through the vineyards, and you have the ultimate formula for a brilliant wine.
The Best Darling Wines
In Darling you will find an interesting blend of dry growing techniques with irrigation towards the end of the season. Most of the grapes are grown in the temperate Groekloof and experience some unique conditions that produce even more unique South African wines. The soils here are from the Hutton based and granite based variety lending the region to producing full bodied wines with complexity and plenty of depth. Along with cool winds that you find along the West Coast, Darling is home to award winning Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, although the red wines like Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon also attract much attention from the international wine community.