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Show us how you enjoy Spring



We’ve loved sharing our Black Oystercatcher #SignsofSpring with you. Now it’s your turn to share yours with us – and stand a chance to win a case of Sauvignon Blanc and 4 tickets to our Festival in December.


Just include any of our wines in your photo, with your feel-good spring moment. Post your photo to our Facebook page, or tag us (@boc_wines) on Twitter or Instagram or send us an email (seasons@blackoystercatcher.co.za) to enter. T&C’s apply.

Competition ends on Friday, 1 November 2016.


Waterblommetjies with a twist

This year, though, we decided to make this traditional South African cuisine with a bit of a twist: Waterblommetjie Spanakopita, perfectly paired with our Black Oystercatcher Sauvignon Blanc.

We’ve put together a 3 part video series for you
on how to pick and some tips on how to clean the Waterblommetjies properly before cooking them. (And thanks also to my wife, Sandra and son, John for heading into the chilly water to collect them this season).


For eight wonderful years, our Black Oystercatcher Restaurant and Venue has become home to so many. To many fantastic Overbergers – looking for a day in the countryside, sipping cool, refreshing wine with family and friends. And to many friends and visitors who travel a little further, and who for a brief moment in time can also call us ‘home’, before continuing on their travels. “We’re building a new section – to serve as our restaurant and venue – that retains the essence of the Black Oystercatcher: a place to relax, enjoy the views, and sip great wine with family and friends.” says Dirk Human.

We’ve set ourselves a pretty tough deadline: by 5 November 2016, our new restaurant area will welcome you, and become your new home of quality cuisines.


The views from our new #BOCBuildUp venue are fantastic. We’re nearly finished painting both the front and back verandas, with #2WeeksToGo. And we’re plastering the walls inside. The best bit? We’ve had our first fire in one of our new fire places – with both fire places now finished.


Saturday 5 November 2016

Taste exceptional cool climate wines from Elim and surrounds. Winemakers from Elim and surrounds will also present tutored tastings at the festival, including the Black Oystercatcher’s Dirk Human, who’ll chat about the region’s Sauvignon Blancs.

Aside from the wine, craft beer will also be available at the festival, including the most southerly brewery, Fraser’s Folly. Fresh produce and other country goods will also be for sale. For more info visit www.elimwines.co.za 

The Nuwejaars SMA will  be operating a shuttle service for the Elim Wine Festival 2016, with pickups from Arniston, Struisbaai and Bredasdorp, R150 return trip. To book a seat on the shuttle, please contact Elmarie on 028 482 1618 or email info@elimwines.co.za.

Black Oystercatcher is a family-run wine farm at the cool southernmost tip of Africa.

Here the boutique Black Oystercatcher Wines are made from the intensely fruity grapes, formed in Cape Agulhas’ extreme growing conditions. And having farmed at Cape Agulhas for generations, we, the Human family, know these conditions well. We use the constant coastal winds, our marginal soils and the unique geology to grow our small compact berries. The result? Top quality cool climate wines with penetrating, fruit flavours and a distinctive minerality.

Black Oystercatcher, Our Story

Our farm, situated between the small towns of Elim, Bredasdorp and L’Agulhas, in the Overberg region in South Africa, is also home to the Black Oystercatcher Wines Restaurant, Wedding Venue and self-catering Cottages. We love the land and the natural environment.

 At the Black Oystercatcher Restaurant, we live by the season.

We serve fresh produce that grows in our own garden as the seasons dictate. As a result, we offer a fresh dining experience, set in a relaxed country atmosphere. Here fresh food, complimenting our boutique wines, is prepared to order and enjoyed at leisure. The seasons also determine the mood at this Cape Agulhas restaurant: the refreshing sea breeze will cool you down in summer, or enjoy our cozy log fires in the winter months.

Open Tue to Sun from 11:00 – 14:30. Booking essential: Book a Table

The Black Oystercatcher Wedding Venue

We know and understand how to celebrate true love and the beginnings of a new and exciting journey – as partners. Like our Black Oystercatcher birds who pair for life, we also believe in partnership, cooperation and trust. We look forward to showcasing these to you, as we together create a truly unforgettable day for you. Find out more.


The four self-catering Cottages allow us to share our joy of living in the country.

The cottages overlook the Nuwejaars River and biodiversity-rich Agulhas Plain. Each cottage is fully equipped with everything you’ll need for the perfect country getaway. Enjoy activities like birding, canoeing or cycling; or simply settle down to revel in the fresh air and country lifestyle found on a working farm. Make a Reservation

“Thanks again for a lovely time at Black Oystercatcher on the weekend. Your cottages are very comfortable. The food was delicious and the kids had a wonderful time picking some veggies from your garden. I really enjoyed the peace and quiet.” The Sharp Family

Our land has been dedicated to conservation

Black Oystercatcher’s philosophy is to work the land with the least possible interference, in the most natural way and forms part of the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area – the first conservation venture of its kind in South Africa. The Agulhas Plain is also a renowned birding destination. The Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm itself is home to a number of these bird species. Birders found the Red-chested Flufftail close to the Waagschaalvlei on the Black Oystercatcher farm.


Latest News

Waterblommetjie Spanakopita

Waterblommetjie Spanakopita

Here in the Overberg, we’ve grown up loving Waterblommetjies – so when they start flowering in our dams in spring, we make the most of it.
Building a new BOC Restaurant

Building a new BOC Restaurant

The Black Oystercatcher is undergoing a facelift. We’re building a new restaurant and venue on the working wine farm. The current restaurant will be transformed into the wine-tasting facility.

Our People


Willem’s Journey into winemaking

It has been a fast-paced journey for the Black Oystercatcher’s Willem Pietersen. At just 31, he has grown from general farm worker to Assistant Winemaker at the Black Oystercatcher. Now Willem has just successfully completed his third Cellar Worker Training Programme (known as SKOP 3) from Wine Training SA. Read Willem’s story here 

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