Whether you are holidaying within Cape Town itself or further along up the West Coast, a road trip through Darling, one of the Cape’s most unassuming gems, is a must!
Just under an hour’s drive from Cape Town centre, and a stone’s throw inland from the West Coast, you will find the lesser known, but equally quality-conscious, Darling Wine Route. Located between the small towns of Yzerfontein and Malmsbury, you will find wines of both award-winning status and unusual character produced along this route.
Along with top quality wine tasting, you can marvel at some of the most scenic landscapes in the country, most especially throughout August, September and October, when the Cape Daisy is in full bloom. Drive along country roads lined with tall blue gum trees and carpets of yellow, purple and red blossoms, while enjoying tastings of the country’s finest Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Pinotage wines.
Photo credit: http://www.darlingtourism.co.za
Here are the top three wineries to visit along the Darling Wine Route:
Producing intense, bold-flavoured wines from grapes grown under extreme conditions, award winning wines have been produced at Cloof winery. Included in their best wines are a number of Pinotage, Merlot and Shiraz variations. Wine tasting is available from Monday – Saturday, between 10am and 4pm, while light lunches are served Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 3pm.
Visit their website for more information: http://www.cloof.co.za/
- Darling Cellars
The West Coast has recently been recognised as one of the most promising viticulture regions in the country, bursting with high quality grape varietals, producing some of South Africa’s finest and most popular wines. Call in at Darling Cellars to sample any one of its signature ranges – including Onyx, DC, Flamingo Bay and Zantsi wines. Darling Cellars is open to the public for tastings Monday to Thursday from 9am – 5pm, Friday from 9am – 4pm and Saturdays from 10am – 2pm.
Visit their website for more information: www.darlingcellars.co.za
- Groote Post
Groote Post is a historic farm with deep rich soils which yield fruit of unmatched quality and varietal flavour. While visiting this winery it is recommended you take a farm tour. The 2-hour drive will take you up to the vineyards, where you are able to see next year’s harvest in the making, as well as through the property’s 2 000 hectare game camp to spot some of Africa’s indigenous antelope. This tour costs R170 per adult and R75 per child. Booking is essential 48 hours in advance.
Visit their website for more information: www.grootepost.com