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The Darling Wines, Part Kiwi, Part Aussie

The Darling Wines – Part Kiwi, Part Aussie – 100% Quality

There has always been a friendly rivalry between Australia and New Zealand, and when it comes to the wine industry things are no different. With many New Zealand wines selling well in Australia and vice versa this rivalry has been heating up in recent times.

The Darling Wines has the best of both worlds. The wines are made in Marlborough New Zealand with its owners and winemakers Chris Darling and Bart Arnst being from Australia and New Zealand respectively.

The Darling is a small wine company focused on producing quality wines. Chris says, “Keeping the production limited and having control over the entire process is a key factor in maintaining the quality of our wines”. Bart also mentions that, “by growing the grapes organically we are looking to improve the quality of the wines”.

Chris and Bart with over 30 years wine industry experience between them, teamed up in 2008. After making wines and growing grapes for other people for many years they thought it was time to put their creative energy into a project they could both enjoy together.

They mention that the friendly rivalry occurs between them, especially while watching the All Blacks play the Wallabies at rugby as they both think they know the outcome of the game before it starts.

The new release wines are now available, both in Australia and New Zealand and Chris and Bart are hoping that the friendly rivalry continues and that there are no more underarm incidents.

New Release wines:

2009 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Pinot Gris, 2009 Gewurztraminer, 2009 Pinot Noir (Release in Feb)

The Darling Wines are available in New Zealand through Restaurants and Fine Wine stores or contact

In Australia the wines are distributed through JHL/Sante in Victoria.

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