Whalehaven Wines is the third oldest wine producer in the Hemel-en-Aarde region and is one of the first stops for exceptional Merlot. The wines are hand-crafted to celebrate each harvest and to reflect the particular nuances of each varietal. Winemaker, Reino Thiart, has been with Bottega Family Wine for many years, creating one of the broadest spectrums of wines in the valley.
Over time, Whalehaven has gained a strong reputation for its French-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, creating wines that evoke the elegance and reserve of fine French Burgundies here in South Africa. These classic Burgundian varietals are icons of the Hermanus region and a long-standing tradition within the Whalehaven winery portfolio. However, these wines are rapidly sold out due to the limited size of their releases.
To stay true to terroir and to express the sense of place, Whalehaven also carefully selects small batches of limited edition wines that fall under Upper Hemel-en-Aarde or Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge to bring perspective to the flavours found that has a maritime influence. This limited edition is our reserve range of wines – The Reserve Terroir Series. A cool climate terroir-driven range of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the icons of the Whalehaven range.