Darlington Estate Winery
This boutique winery based at Darlington in the Perth Hills also operates as a restaurant and reception centre for smaller weddings. They get great reviews. There is a unique feel to the venue which has large eucalyptus trees surrounding the rustic buildings with an outlook down to the Helena River valley across the vineyard. The character buildings and furniture complement the surroundings. When heading to a reception it is always a thrill when the wedding limousines emerge from the narrow tree lined drive into the winery perched on the top of the escarpment.
Staff at Darlington Estate Winery are always friendly and helpful. From the reports of couples leaving at the end of the night is that the atmosphere created helps to generate a great night.
Darling Estate is a boutique wine maker producing (relatively) small quantities of good quality wine from the estate vineyards. Darlington Estate is not included in Belle Classic Swan Valley wine tours because of the distance from the valley, but it is a great lunch destination for a weekend drive and the wine tasting is an added bonus.
Wedding limousine access
The end of Nelson Road leading into the Darlington Estate Winery is a narrow winding track which in several places is only one lane wide. it ends in the winery car park which has limited capacity for the size of many weddings it hosts. When the car park is full the the turning space in the winery can be very limited. This is rarely an issue for the small classic wedding cars such as Rolls Royce bridal cars and smaller Rolls Royce limousines, but it can be a limiting problem for stretch limousines like Chrysler and Hummer limos which have a long heel base and need a lot of room to do a three point turn (especially at night with restricted vision).
It is wise to reserve a suitable arrival and turning space for your wedding vehicles near the winery building, especially if you are using longer stretch limos.
Night time at Darlington Estate Winery needs a special consideration all of its own. The Perth Hills are home to 1000’s of kangaroos and driving through the back streets of Darlington and surrounding suburbs at night it is more likely that you will encounter kangaroos jumping across the road than not. If you book a late night get-away from Belle Limousines expect a very slow drive through the streets in the Darlington area until you are back on the great Eastern Highway.