Our wines age a little slower at the cool tip of Africa.
It may be a little quieter in the cellar right now. But that’s not the case in the wine barrels.
Our three Sauvignon blancs, harvested off three different soil types, are ageing in the barrels. And there’s a lot happening here.
Because of our cool-climate, it’ll now take our Sauvignon blanc a little longer to age. The wine needs the time, so that those complex flavours we’re known for can develop.
So here at the cool tip of Africa, we peak a little later than many other wine-growing areas. And our wines age really well.
Join us, every step of this winemaking adventure.
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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.
We’re more than a winery
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 Restaurant, Wedding Venue, Tasting Room & Deli/Gift Shop, self-catering Cottages and the Fraser’s Folly Brewhouse. We also love the land and natural environment – and do all we can to protect it.
Just because we’re in the business of winemaking, doesn’t mean we don’t also like craft beer.
We’ve 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 now operate a craft brewery!
Fraser’s Folly beer, under the careful eye of founder Fraser Crighton (who remains the brewmaster and face of the beer), is now made on the Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm.
We converted an old shed into the brewhouse, and bought new equipment. Now you can also have beer tastings when you visit us – and enjoy Fraser’s Folly beer paired with fresh meals from our kitchen.
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.
Not keen for a big meal? Check out our Deli and Shop
If you’re just looking for a couple of snacks and bites while tasting our wines or craft beers, try our Deli, in our Tasting Room. During our peak seasons and holidays, you’ll find a wide range of tasty options like cheese, salami, salmon, pâtés, and other local produce (ideal for a picnic). During the off-peak times, we opt for more non-perishable options, like Vegetable Crisps and a range of tasty cookies. Our shop also provides a selection of handmade items: from honey, pottery, books, olives and fynbos salts, to body butters and soft leather bags.
Enjoy country life: stay in our four self-catering Cottages
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, hiking 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
The Black Oystercatcher’s philosophy is to work the land with the least possible interference, in the most natural way. So we’re a founding member of the Nuwejaars Wetlands 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 extraodinary bird species. Like the Red-chested Flufftail, found close to the Waagschaalvlei on the Black Oystercatcher farm.
We’ve hosted wonderful artists at the Black Oystercatcher before. Now we’ve added blues-rock musician, Albert Frost, to our list. Albert will perform during on Easter Sunday 16 April.
Our wine label has been judged as the best wine label design overall in the country, winning the Grand Prix Award at the Wine Label Design Awards.
The Nuwejaars Wetlands SMA in Association with the Agulhas Plain Birding project, Overberg Crane Group, Strandveld Vineyards and the Black Oystercatcher Restaurant is proud to be …
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