Things To Do in HermanusWhalehaven Winery
Where? Hemel-en-Aarde Road, Hermanus 7200, Western Cape, South Africa
When? Monday to Friday from 09h30 to 17h00. Saturday from 10h30 to 16h00.
How? Call +27 (0)28 316-1633
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
Whalehaven, the recently revitalised boutique winery situated in Hemel-en-Aarde Village at the gateway to the Hermanus R320 Wine Route, extends a warm welcome to visitors this season with various new offerings. Named after the Walker Bay whale sanctuary that shelters migrating southern right whales from Antarctica during the cool winter months, Whalehaven produces a range of wines that appeal to all palates.
The local terroir is celebrated as the latest vintages of award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, due for release in January, have been sourced from the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, whilst the 2013 vintage of Sauvignon Blanc is from the belt of the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge.
Whalehaven produces classic French-styled single varietal wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot as well as their flagship Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Bottega family, together with winemaker Reino Thiart, are especially proud of the Whalehaven Pinot Noir 2012 which received a gold medal at the 2013 Concours Mondial in Brussels, and the Whalehaven Merlot 2010 which garnered the 2013 Taj Classic Wine Trophy.
The winery has recently undergone extensive renovations and been transformed into the new Whalehaven Wine Experience Centre. The stylish interior was reinvented by local architect Andrew Greeff and interior design firm Bone Design.
Carpenter Andrew Dominic created a signature oak table that now takes pride of place in the formal tasting room and is cusped by Guideline MNF chairs. Crystal wine decanters were transformed into light fittings by Martin Doller and the table set with wine vases by Aidan Bennetts of Stable. Whalehaven also retails high-end artisan goods that complement their hand-crafted wine portfolio, such as bespoke wine perfumes by Tammy Frazer of Frazer Parfum (an ongoing collaboration in understanding the nature of scent in wine that has lasted for over three years) and collectable ostrich egg-shell wine coolers by Avoova.
“We have created some really unique infused jams with fynbos, ylang ylang, orange blossom and wine jams under a product line which are hand made with love in the Overberg,” says the owner's daughter. “These jams and the chocolates on show echo the aromatic profiles of the wines.”