Ever struggled to braai your sirloin steak to perfection – hampered by the winter weather?
If you’ve visited here before, or if you live here, you’ll know the Cape Agulhas area doesn’t always make it easy to light your braai fire, and then braai your steak. It can get a little windy here at times. And in these chilly winter months, you may have to face off with piles of wet wood.
So Dirk’s got some tips for you on how to braai your sirloin steak Black Oystercatcher-style: Sirloin steak recipe matured in a delicious homemade herb marinade – from start (lighting the fire), to finish (enjoying the result). The recipe works just as well for other kinds of steak. And don’t forget to top this off with dark chocolate.
We’ve got some big and EXCITING changes coming up!
If you visit the Black Oystercatcher, and there’s a little more activity than normal, then not to worry. We’ve got a few infrastructure changes happening our side, more info soon. This won’t impact on the quality of our food, the fantastic Agulhas Plain views, and the fun we have everyday at Black Oystercatcher Wines.
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.
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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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