Meet Chris Darling and Bart Arnst, the guys behind the wines.
Our Story & People
Chris Darling and Bart Arnst teamed up in 2007. After making great wine for other people they decided to make great wine for themselves under The Darling Label. By sourcing fruit from organic vineyards which Bart manages they are able to have full control over the process. With over 40 years winemaking experience between them Chris and Bart have what it takes to make regional, complex wines which drink well on any occasion.
Chris Darling, Winemaker
Originally from Australia Chris has worked with both large and small wine companies throughout the world. After graduating Roseworthy in Adelaide, Chris worked throughout Australia and Europe, including France, Greece and the Czech Republic. In 2003 he headed to Marlborough New Zealand to continue the hunt for great cool climate wines. He found them !
Bart Arnst, Viticulturist
European travel introduced Bart into the world of wine. After many adventures he returned to New Zealand to embark on a new career path which now sees him consulting to the wine industry throughout the country. While Viticulturist for Seresin Estate he was instrumental in their conversion to organics. Now running his own consultancy Bart also works with OANZ (Organics Aotearoa New Zealand) as one of their vineyard consultants. With his experience in growing grapes under organic and biodynamic regimes Bart believes this is the future for The Darling.