Baleia Wines in Riversdale
Baleia Wines in Riversdale
Along the Cape South Coast, in a recently established wine making area and near the small town Vermaaklikheid, the Joubert family proudly produced their very first Baleia wine.
The farm Dassieklip is home to the Baleia vineyards because of its limestone rich soil and close proximity to the ocean. A delicate sea breeze regularly sweeps over the vineyards. This breeze cools them down to an ideal temperature for growing the perfect grapes to produce truly great wines.
Vines grow on limestone rich soil and caring female hands delicately handle each vine. As a result this ensures that each bottle of Baleia is testimony to our passion for a superbly crafted wine.
First blok of vines
In 2009, after careful consideration and calculation, we finally planted our first block of Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Tempranillo. Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay followed soon after.
During this exciting period we’ve learnt many a valuable lesson, and have come to the conclusion that the terroir of these extraordinary vineyards offers the perfect conditions for the cultivation of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
We realised this, so we decided to expand on these respective cultivars. In 2011 we planted additional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards.
Naming our Baleia wines
After our first harvest in 2011, we needed a name for our wines – and we suitably came up with Baleia Bay. This came from the Portuguese word for whale (Baleia). It is directly related to our farm being a stone’s throw away from St Sebastian Bay which is known as the whale nursery of South Africa. This is due to the record number of Southern Right whales that migrate here annually.
Baleia produces the finest wine and olive products, and is home to the Droogerivier Brangus & Dohnes breeding programme.
The Wine cellar is conveniently located next to the N2, approximately 1km from Riversdale towards Mossel Bay.
Baleia Olives & Olive Oil
The first olive trees – for the production of olive oil – were planted in 2008.
We mainly grow Frantoio, Corantina, FS17 and Leccino.
We chose the farm for the cultivation of olive oil because of the high-quality calcium-rich soil and the close proximity to the ocean which provides the ideal climate for the growth of the olives.
The general opinion is that olive trees need not much attention, but we believe the exact opposite. In essence the more refined care and attention we put into our olive trees, the better the quality of our end-product.
We also farm conscientiously – utilising organic and biological methods as far as possible to ensure we consider the surrounding environment during any of our farming activities or with any decisions we make.
Pressed and bottled our first Baleia olive oil in 2012.
Our product range includes a 500ml bottle extra virgin olive oil as well as four different flavour table olives including plain, garlic, chilli and rosemary.
Tel: 028 713 1214
Abraham de Klerk