Our 2017 Sauvignon blanc harvest has just started. It’s later than many other wine-growing areas in South Africa. Why? Well, it’s got a lot to do with our unique location – close to Africa’s southernmost tip.
It’s a captivating area: hazardous coastlines, brilliant biodiversity, cooling winds and marginal soils.
We’ve been here for 4 generations. And we’re still learning more all the time.
Want to join me to uncover some of those Secrets of Sauvignon – as we make three Sauvignon blancs off our three distinctive soil types?
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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.
We’ve bought craft brewery, Fraser’s Folly
Just because we’re in the business of winemaking, doesn’t mean we don’t also like craft beer. We’ve in particular always been big fans of the most southerly craft brewery, Fraser’s Folly.
And so, when the opportunity came about to partner with Fraser’s Folly, we took it. The result? Well, we’ve bought a craft brewery! Fraser’s Folly, under the careful eye of founder Fraser Crighton (who remains the brewmaster and face of the beer), will from December 2016 be made on the Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm.
We’ve converted an old shed into a new brewhouse, and bought new equipment. And we’ll officially launch the new Fraser’s Folly Brewhouse on 16 December at our Black Oystercatcher Beer Festival. We’ll see you there! Find out more
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.
“We’re looking for nature’s sweet spot – when those specific flavours that make our wines unique have developed, and the sugar level …
It’s a year-long quest – to uncover the secrets captured in the complexity of the Black Oystercatcher Sauvignon blanc. This is the new adventure that founder and winemaker Dirk Human …
We’ll host a flurry of festivals this year, as part of the summer season’s action, at the new Black Oystercatcher Venue and Fraser’s Folly Brewhouse,
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