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.
You not only love wine; you want to know a little bit more about wine tasting and winemaking. So join our Black Oystercatcher Wine Club. Founder and winemaker, Dirk Human, takes you on a winemaking journey. And gives you special access to opportunities and events. Find out more
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, Tasting Room & Deli/Gift Shop, Wedding Venue and self-catering Cottages. And now a craft brewery, Fraser’s Folly. 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.
Truly Overberg goods and produce – from our Deli/Shop & Tasting Room
You won’t find these goods elsewhere. Our Deli/Shop offers a range of creative crafts and local produce, carefully chosen by Sandra Human and her team. From beautiful pottery and fynbos salts, to beauty products and soft leather bags. Or stock up on some bites and snacks from our Deli (like the cheeses, salmons and pâtés available during our busy holiday times – ideal for a picnic). The shop also serves as our Tasting Room. And here you can enjoy a variety of wine tastings, like our Reserve Tasting or Tutored Sauvignon blanc tasting.
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.
Dad also deserves to be spoilt a little. So that’s what we’ve got planned at the Black Oystercatcher this weekend – including some of Dad’s favourite meals.
This wedding hosted at Black Oystercatcher Wines depicted the sense of adventure and love for the outdoors of this young couple.
She’s an Overberg institution. So we were thrilled to host the 80th birthday celebration of Zabeth Human – one of the Black Oystercatcher’s special patrons and supporters.
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