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 they are able to have full control over the process. With over 45 years winemaking experience between them Chris and Bart have what it takes to make regional, complex wines which drink well on any occasion.
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 !
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.
Great wine can only be made from great grapes.
This is why our selection of certified organic grower vineyards is very important to us. Each vineyard brings its own character and sense of place. This gives us great options to craft our wines to the best they can be.
Crawford Family Vineyard
One of our first growers. Tim, Sally and family live close to their organic vineyard which is now part of their daily life.
One of our first growers. Jacqui and Paul produce quality grapes and olives year on year.
We are certified organic by BioGro New Zealand.
While limiting the impact to the soil and earth, organics helps you to connect with wine that is safe and can be traced to origin.
We also believe we are seeing an increase in quality over time. The vines are allowed to come into balance, producing thicker skins and therefore greater flavour.