Tucked in between the hills and folds of Darling sits a 400 hectare wine estate named aptly after its unique positioning in the cleft of the hills, Cloof Wine Estate. Formerly a wheat farm under foreign ownership, the farm was replanted to classic grape varieties in the late 1990’s and it has since grown into one of the top selling wine producers in our portfolio.
Many festival goers might be more familiar with Cloof as the setting for Rocking the Daisies, a Lifestyle Music Festival that incorporates art, comedy and film in an eco-friendly multi-sensory experience. Running annually in October, the festival ensures all fest goers four days of dusk till dawn happiness.
Featuring four different ranges including Duckitt, Bush Vines, Signature, Daisy and Winemakers selection, the farm boasts numerous awards for each range and allows for all budgets.
In the Signature Range, The Very Sexy Shiraz has reaped in the most awards out of all of the ranges in Cloof. Grown in what can only be described as Shiraz heaven, the fruit embodied French Oak to create an experience that could only be defined in its name. It’s awards are:
2013 vintage – Drinks Business Syrah masters 2015 – Gold medal
2013 vintage – Platter’s Wine guide 2016 – 4 Stars
2012 vintage – Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit awards 2015 – Gold medal
2012 vintage – International Wine & Spirit competition 2015 – Silver medal
2012 vintage – Platter’s Wine guide 2015 – 4 Stars
2012 vintage – International Wine challenge 2015 – Gold medal
2012 vintage – Drinks Business Syrah masters 2015 – Silver medal
The farm features a Tasting Room and Restaurant , beautifully placed looking over a luscious lawn to spread out on to and soak up some Darling air. Rumour has it that the spicy aubergine pickle from the Restaurant is not to be missed, and can be combined with thick yoghurt or with a lamb dish. The Tasting Room is found just off the lawns through an arched doorway and welcomes you in to try the Bush Range for free, and should your palate be in the mood for some more spoiling, a mere R20 allows you to taste the other ranges.