WHALEHAVEN, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley   |   +27 (0)28 316 1633   |   Contact us
IDIOM VINEYARDS, Sir Lowry's Pass, Somerset West    |    0218523590

The winery in Hermanus has been wholly owned by the Bottega Family since 2003. The artisan winery offers an array of handcrafted wines. Winemaker, Reino Thiart, has been with Bottega Family Wine for many years, creating one of the broadest spectrums of wines in the valley.

About Us

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.

Over time, Whalehaven has gained a strong reputation for its French-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, creating wines which 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.

<span>REINO THIART</span>  |  Winemaker Biography
REINO THIART | Winemaker Biography

I started my career helping clients navigate and appreciate a broad spectrum of fine wine from around the world while working for various wine merchants in the U.K. When I moved back to South Africa, I continued in the sales area with various boutique wine shops. Through this experience, I grew an appreciation of what constitutes great wine from South Africa, around the world and an understanding of what clients enjoy. I was intrigued by the inner workings of how to create the perfect blend that is richly layered and a really iconic single varietal wine that expresses that grape. I worked from being an cellar assistant at Whalehaven Winery – a position I filled for a few years – before becoming an assistant winemaker and eventually took on the responsibility of being the winemaker in 2007. Working with as many as 19 different varietals from the farm has given me a broad spectrum of experience and a good idea of various wine styles.

This role has incorporated all aspects of production across the Bottega Family Wine Portfolio that includes both classically styled elegant wines using French varietals in the Whalehaven range, and bold blends and rare Italian varietals under the Idiom range. In this position, there is a lot of room for expression and the ability to style wines in both a traditional way to appeal to clients looking for more reserved wines, and in a more modern way through bottling exceptionally aromatic single varietals. 

Our Vineyards

Our Vineyards

The Bottega Family own both Whalehaven in Hermanus, Idiom in Stellenbosch and Vinotria which imports wines from Italy.  

The vineyards that bear the fruit of Idiom are called “Da Capo” which means “from the beginning” or “from the Cape” in Italian, a reference to the fact that the vineyards were carefully laid out and planted on the farm for the first time in 1999.

Coastal Provenance

Coastal Provenance

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 have a maritime influence.