Distinctive wines from the cool tip of Africa
At this time of year, our Black Oystercatcher and surrounding Agulhas landscapes really come to life.
For us at the Black Oystercatcher, we have some telling #SignsOfSpring; in our fynbos, our vineyards, and even our gardens at our Restaurant and Cottages. So we’re sharing our favourite Signs of Spring with you. If you live in the Overberg, you’ll likely know why our hearts beat just a little bit faster when September comes. If you don’t, we hope you enjoy our region’s unique #floral and other spring showpieces.
Our region’s rich fynbos is home to so many Gladiolii species. For three seasons of the year, these #fynbos plants are hidden and innocuous bulbs. But it’s a sure #SignOfSpring when these Gladiolii burst from the earth to cover our landscape in fantastic colours. Like the Gladiolus liliaceus (the Large brown Afrikaner) and the Gladiolus tristus (trompetter).
THE #BOCBUILDUP COUNTDOWN
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.
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.
The Black Oystercatcher will host the 2016 Elim Wine Festival – to be held on Saturday 5 November. This is the fifth Elim Festival.
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.
“We’ve got some tips for you on how to braai your sirloin steak Black Oystercatcher-style.”
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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