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Established in 1989, Darling Park has earned a reputation for producing exquisite wines that reflect the cool climate of the Mornington Peninsula.This year, Darling Park is moving to a new home around the corner. From Melbourne Cup weekend (Saturday 31 October), Darling Park will be open every weekend from 12:00-midday until 4:00pm at their new vineyard and winery cellar door at 295 Dunns Creek Rd, Red Hill - just 600 metres down the road from the Glassblowers. Darling Park grow Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. You are invited taste their range of wines, and stay for a bite to eat - Darling Park offer amazingly good housemade duck dumplings (and a couple of others to please most folks).Darling Park know that great winemaking begins in the vineyard, and that fruit quality and fruit character determine 90% of the result. Of course the climate, weather, aspect, soils, trellising, pruning, crop level, clone, and naturally winemaking practices also make their contribution to the wine style.Judy Gifford joined Darling Park as winemaker and manager in mid 2005, bringing her own philosophical bent. Organic growing principles are close to the top of her list alongside low cropping, indigenous yeasts, moderate use of oak, generally fairly traditional (read French-influenced modern Australian) winery practices. A Taoist approach which aims to direct the whole process gently in the way that seems to flow best with the land and its vines.Please visit the website for more information.
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