Established in 1989, Darling Park has earned a reputation for producing exquisite wines that reflect the cool climate of the Mornington Peninsula.
Formerly located at Darling Park, the label now operates a pop-up cellar door on the first weekend of each month from The Long Table restaurant, specialising in Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and late harvest (cane-cut) Pinot Gris.
The Long Table offers up a number of surprising spaces and places by the fireside or on the alfresco deck to enjoy some 'shared plates' or a cheese board. A locally focused cellar of wine, beer, ciders, coffee and aperitifs complement the selection of food and relaxed ambience. Lunch is available daily.
Darling Park believe 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 an endless range of other factors also make their contribution to the end result.
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.
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