#Wetlands & Wildlife Tours
Experience it for yourself on the Agulhas Plain
At the Black Oystercatcher, we depend on the vital water networks around us.
And so, as members of the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area, we protect our #waterscapes, like our rivers and wetlands, and the environment they give life to.
Now for the first time, we’re taking this one step further – opening up these water- and landscapes through Nuwejaars Guided Tours.
Every Saturday (until October), you can experience what we’re protecting, like our hippo, buffalo and other game, our #waterscapes, and the threatened bird and plant life in the Nuwejaars Wetlands. Tours are run by the Nuwejaars Wetlands SMA and start at the Black Oystercatcher.
But booking is essential. We’ll arrange your tour when you book to stay in our Black Oystercatcher Cottages.
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.
There are loads of reasons to become a BOC Wine Club member. For one, you get to join founder and winemaker, Dirk Human, as he takes you on a winemaking journey. But added to that, you could win a handmade BOC branded leather bag, made locally by Alex & Marla (just down the road in Franskraal). The giveaway is open till end September.
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.
Our new releases – the perfect fireside companion
Warming up next to the fire, sipping a full bodied red wine. Sounds perfect for the chilly winter evenings, don’t you think? We’ve just released our Cab Merlot 2014 and Triton 2014, the ideal fireside companion.
For us, 2014 was a good year. We had a really wet winter, just what our red grape varietals enjoy. So we’re really proud of both these vintages. Give them a try.
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.
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.
Who would have thought – members of the Africa’s big 5 on the Agulhas Plain? And for the first time, you can now see these animals here.
This small and intimate wedding held at the Black Oystercatcher Venue at the end of March captured the essence of this stunning couple.
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.
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