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TASTING ROOM

Experience the tastes and aromas of our wine and beer

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Fill up your senses

Taste our Black Oystercatcher wine, and Fraser’s Folly craft beer, in our Tasting Room on the Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm. The Tasting Room is next to the Restaurant. The building is the original (early 1900) farmstead, and although renovated, still maintains it’s unique Strandveld character, with historical touches like the exposed original brickwork and wooden beams. A fireplace provides the perfect setting for winter days, while we open up the doors in summer to bring in our cool Cape Agulhas temperatures.

Cool climate wines or craft beer, or maybe both?

Our grapes, grown in the cool tip of Africa winds in the Elim wine ward, are smaller than usual – with more intense flavours as a result. Once the grapes are ripe, they are handpicked, and worked with in the softest possible way. The Black Oystercatcher standard range include five wines (Sauvignon blanc, White Pearl, Rose, Cabernet Merlot and Triton (red blend)) and over the years, Dirk has added a host of reserve wines to the selection. Like the Reserve Sauvignon blanc, the Blanc Fumé, Wild Ferment, the Noble Late and the Méthode Cap Classique. Find out more about our wines.

We craft a range of beers from our Fraser’s Folly Brewhouse, on the Black Oystercatcher Farm. It’s the most southerly craft brewery in Africa, and the only English-style craft beer in South Africa. For us, quality is key. Our craft beer range include five beers (Pilsner, Pale Ale, Weizen, India Pale Ale, Moer Koffie Stout) and are all available for tasting.

Wine & Beer Tasting and Sales

If you’re keen to taste our range of wine and beers, just let any of our Black Oystercatcher staff know. Liezel Joubert, our Wine Tasting Manager will introduce you to the tastes and sensations that accompany our cool climate wine and Fraser’s Folly craft beer.

Mon – Fri from 9:00 – 17:00. Sat from 10:00 – 14:30. Closed: Sundays

Standard Wine Tastings are free. Beer Tastings: R30

To enquire about private wine club tasting by the winemaker, get in touch.

 

Online Wine Shop

Keen to stock up, even when you’re at home? Browse our online shop, and we’ll deliver to your door.

 

What Visitors Say

Great winery

“We were driving by and recognized the name as we just had a bottle of their Sauvignon Blanc at a restaurant last week. We stopped for a tasting and left with a 7 bottle assortment of their wines. The white is my favorite but I liked the Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot blend as well.” – DixiePeach, Kansas City

We have a range of Wine Tasting options for you

 

Black Oystercatcher Standard Tasting

(Free of charge)

This takes you through our flagship wines, from our Black Oystercatcher Sauvignon blanc, White Pearl (Sauvignon Semillon blend, Rose, Cabernet Merlot to our Triton (red blend).

 

Black Oystercatcher Reserve Tasting

(R70/person)

Experience the intense tastes and aromas of our unique reserve range, like our Blanc Fumé.

 

Black Oystercatcher Tutored Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

(R85/person – All tutored tastings limited to groups of between 10 and 20. Or contact us if you’d like to customise your visit. By appointment only.)

Five vintages of the Sauvignon blanc, along with our Standard Tasting options.

 

Black Oystercatcher Tutored White Pearl Tasting

(R65/person – All tutored tastings limited to groups of between 10 and 20. Or contact us if you’d like to customise your visit. By appointment only.)

Three White Pearl vintages, along with our Standard Tasting options.

 

Frasers Folly Craft Beer Tasting

 

Standard Beer Tasting

(R30/person)

This takes you through our range of 5 craft beers, from our Fraser’s Folly Pilsner, Pale Ale, Weizen, India Pale Ale to the Moer Koffie Stout

 

 

What to experience in the Tasting Room

Check out our steel structure in the floor, at the entrance door, showcasing the four soil types found in our region on the Agulhas Plain, formed more than 900 million years ago. Visitors will be able to see up close the broken shale, cool iron Ferro Crete and the quartzite soil that our vineyards grow in.  Read more

 

And when you’re finished your tasting, don’t forget to browse through our Gift Shop with a range of snacks and bites if you’re a touch hungry.

You’ll find local, quality gifts and goodies – from home-made crockery and stylish leather bags (from Alex & Marla), to a range of sensuous beauty products.

Wine News

When our grapes reach the winery

When our grapes reach the winery

Once our picking teams drop the grapes off at the winery, the science of wine-making really sets in. We now have three sets of harvested grapes – each picked off one of our soil types.

Want to know more about our Black Oystercatcher Wine Club?

As a #BOCWineClub member, you’ll also join an exclusive gathering of wine lovers. Together you’ll accompany founder and winemaker Dirk Human on his winemaking journey, crafting our cool-climate favourites here at the cool tip of Africa.

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