The Afrikaans word Kloof has a similar origin to the English word cleft and refers to a gap or gorge between two hills. Our version is spelled with a “C” in the old-fashioned Dutch way and the logo symbolizes the contours of a ploughed hillside. Cloof’s vineyards cover nearly 4000 hectares which provide our winemakers with a wide range of building blocks.
The estate has been under the same family ownership for two decades and the vineyard area was significantly increased with plantings every year from 1998 to 2000 bringing the current total to over 4000 hectares, of which the majority is Bush Vines.
Bold and rich flavours are trademarks of the extreme growing conditions - hot summer days and cool evenings - in the Darling area. The vineyards were planted in 1966 when Darling was better known as a wheat farming area. Cloof’s oldest surviving vines were planted in 1966, with additional plantings in 1976 and 1987. The cellar was completed in time for the 1998 harvest, which allowed the first release of Cloof wines during the course of 1999. Our viticulturists, Peter and Charles Duckitt, ensure Cloof has unparalleled access to top quality fruit.
Our groundbreaking wines boast superb fruit ripeness similar to top Australian reds, merged with European balance and elegance. They reflect our head winemaker, Hennie Huskisson's passion for creating wines that reflect what this unique region has to offer. Each of them is created with its own personality and character.
The portfolio consists of entry-level to premium categories and contemporary to traditional styles, which offer an extensive range of quality and award-winning wines to meet each market's needs.