The Darling Wine Shop

The Darling Wine Shop: Hours, Address, The Darling Wine Shop Reviews: 4.5/5

The Darling Wine Shop
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Darling Wine Shop is the home of Darling wine and carries the widest range of Darling wines in the world. We offer unsurpassed regional wine knowledge, professional staff to advise and guide, and a nationwide delivery service. If you with to experience the "Taste of Darling" this is where it is !
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Rudi C
Brakpan, South Africa103 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We bumped into this wonderful little shop after a walk in, walk out at Ormonde. And what a delightful experience it was. Ida asked a question or two and within a few minutes we were chatting away and enjoying a wonderful world of wine. We walked out well stocked and a nice gin or two just for good measure.
If you want to be exposed to the wines of this area, you have to visit this shop. It is not just a shop but an experience!
Written 18 March 2021
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Marion H
Johannesburg, South Africa26 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
We arrived 5 mins before closing but the owner didn't rush us. We were made to feel welcome and were able to complete our purchases without rushing. Very wide selection of wines , whiskys, gins etc at good prices. Will be back (and at an earlier time) and hopefully there will be some tastings.
If you have young children, I would suggest keeping them out of the shop to prevent accidents.
Written 13 February 2019
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Thank you very much for your kind comments, it's always nice to get customer feedback.
Written 14 February 2019
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StefanAndrea
Lydenburg, South Africa33 contributions
Jun 2018
We walked in with no idea what experience we were about to have. We were immediately given some wine for tasting and once Charles the owner showed up the tasting just got better. He advised on some great wines whilst we enjoyed several gins and brandies as well. Even ordered a case just there. Great place and pricing is fair. Charles and his staff makes a real difference.
Written 25 June 2018
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Dear Stefan and Andrea, Thank you for your kind note. It was an absolute joy hosting you both - you are just those type of people who bring out the best in other people ! It is always great fun putting together a case of wine for customers who want to "explore" and imagining you enjoying these wines in your own home town, over 1 500 kilometers away. Let's hope each and every one brings back a happy memory. I do have one request though, if you manage to find the time, and that is to send a note on which wines really hit the spot for you. Hopefully we cracked the jackpot, or got pretty close. With very best wishes from Darling . Charles, Lizette and Ida in absentia !
Written 26 June 2018
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elismavN
Mossel Bay, South Africa19 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Amazing variety of local wines from in and around Darling and the Western Cape, very friendly service. Would have like to have a tasting option.
Written 20 June 2018
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Thank you for coming to visit us at the Darling Wine Shop and your positive feedback. Your comments about tasting are very valid .. and have provided another prod to us to think of options. One of the challenges we face in winter and footfall is small is opening tasting wines an never even going through half a bottle and then having to discard the rest. So maybe it is an idea to open a single wine as a "wine of the day" and at least you can have a complimentary "Taste of Darling" while you are here. Happy travels .. Charles Withington
Written 21 June 2018
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Dave Burger
Cape Town Central, South Africa316 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
It is wonderful to visit all the local wine estates but this little gem on the quiet end of the main road is the ''one stop wine shop''. Charles the owner and his right hand lady Ida keep the discerning locals and visitors to Darling well stocked with excellent wines at exceptional prices. If you are looking for something special they will fine it for you in their cellar. If you want some good fair priced every day drinking wine , they have it for you. An absolute gem.
Written 1 January 2018
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Dear David....I must apologise for not even acknowledging your kind note - cannot think how is missed it, but I did. Thank you for the positive comment which is sincerely appreciated. I have often said to people I am blessed in general to have "interesting and interested" customers, and this is what makes the difference. Dealing with PLY (People Like You) is always a pleasure and while I still think that people like me who have opted for a 7 day a week retail business, need a lobotomy, I do not think we ever have a day without saying to ourselves "now, those were nice people" Best wishes Charles Withington
Written 22 June 2018
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rohini n
3 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
My husband and I stopped over in Darling enroute to Paternoster on a Saturday afternoon. After sampling and then purchasing some of the most delectable cheeses and spreads at the Udderly Delicious with the guidance of a passionate cheese crafter who took no short cuts in our taste experience, we were blessed by the chance appearance of Charles Withington from the Darling Wine shop (next door). The shop was closed and Charles had popped in to fetch something. Ofcourse in what we quickly discovered to be true Darling tradition he welcomed us and offered assistance in selecting wine. We quickly got chatting about Indian food, Charles love for dhal and our culinary skills. He went on to entertain us with his stories about his travels to India. It was an absolute privilege to be treated with such warmth in a town that we were visiting for the first time. The epic moment for me was Charles spontaneous offer for us to demonstrate our culinary skills at a wine tasting event that he could host in Darling. Now that is an offer that left us overjoyed and inspired.Thank you Charles for your time, passion and generosity. You are a model for all in the tourism sector. We are looking foward to returning to Darling with spices and the many varieties of Dhal. A most memorable experience and the start of something new....I especialy appreciate the bottle of wine that you generously gave me. I will certainly savour it with the memories of the town called Darling. Rohini
Written 26 November 2017
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Dear Rohini, Thank you for your extremely kind words ! As much as the wine shop might have delighted you, I was equally delighted to meet you and your husband. With enthusiasm such as your who could not leap at the opportunity to do something really special in Darling . Thinking caps on and let's get rolling ... Dhal in Darling = Dhaling
Written 28 November 2017
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Jackney
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
I wanted to taste the local wines,but was told no bottles were open!!. I did buy a bottle, but would have bought more. BIG let down as you do have to go to all the local cellers. GO TO THE CHEESE SHOP NEXT DOOR,ITS A GREAT EXPERIENCE
Written 27 April 2017
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Hi there Jackney .. apologies indeed for taking some time to respond to your comments. Firstly, it is never good for us to hears that someone has had anything other than a great experience when they visit us. In busy seasons we have two or three wines open for tasting, in quieter times, probably only one - the "wine of the day" , and in mid winter, we will open something if the occasion demands. The Darling Wine Shop is not an "instead of" to the local cellar doors, it is an "in addition to" With the largest selection of Darling wines in the world, it is a place where on can assemble the most wonderful parcel of wines - a true taste of Darling. I am sorry you were disappointed and promise you that should you ever return (or have a good friend pass this way) I would like to present you with a bottle of one of Darling's finest wines. Best wishes - Charles Withington
Written 28 September 2017
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Lizane H
6 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Charles was wonderful!!! An amazing wine buying experience! A Must for anyone visiting Darling! Very helpful and knowledgeable, an utter joy!
Written 23 April 2017
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Hi Lizane ... thank you for your kind words. You were simply the most charming family one could imagine and it was for me a delightful time spent guiding you through some of the gems from this area. You made a great selection and I wish you many happy moments enjoying each and every sip. Keep in touch ! Charles
Written 25 April 2017
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Karin B
11 contributions
Dec 2016 • Business
A great thank you to Charles Withington for presenting my guests with an amazing selection of wines from the Darling (Swartland Wine Region). His knowledge of the wine and the character of each wine was outstanding. What a wonderful experience!
Written 28 December 2016
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812marina
Western Cape, South Africa20 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
Delightfully arranged and displayed, wines to taste and to buy in a typically charming Darling shoppe. Even on a Sunday. Assisted by a connoiseur of wine made it so much easier to make a choice. I would imagine that few people would leave the Darling Wine Shop emptyhanded.
Written 31 October 2016
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Thank you for visiting our shop and for your kind words, we do hope to see you again.
Written 17 November 2016
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The Darling Wine Shop is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
  • Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sat 09:00 - 14:00