Whalehaven is a boutique winery based in the Hermanus region of Walker Bay. The area is a sanctuary for migrating whales and offers a cooler climate for vineyards along the South African coast. The winery is renowned for creating elegant, fine wines using noble French varietals cultivated in a traditional style of the masterful crus of Burgundy that exhibit finesse and classic sophistication.
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Named after the protective bay that shelters breeding Southern Right whales in the cool Cape winter months, Whalehaven is a boutique winery situated in Hermanus that creates a delightful array of wines that intrigue and tantalize the palate. The wines are hand- crafted to celebrate each harvest and to reflect the particular nuances of each varietal. Over time Whalehaven has gained a strong reputation for its French-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay creating in South Africa wines which evoke the elegance and reserve of fine Burgundies. 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 the release.
A recent vintage of the Pinot Noir was given a strong award of 88 points by Spectator Wine Magazine. The Whalehaven wines are for the most part made from grapes from the family-owned Da Capo Vineyards in Stellenbosch but are vinified and bottled at the Whalehaven winery. For over a decade, the wines of Whalehaven have been acclaimed in the valley with exceptional wines at exceptional value. In recent years the W Range Old Harbour and Crushed Velvet have been recognized as volume sell-out wines that appeal to consumers looking for soft tannins, ripe fruity wines at an accessible price. Equally the Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier-Chardonnay are well regarded.