The Elim Wine Ward
‘Real wine, Real people’
The Black Oystercatcher is found in the southern-most wine ward on the African continent, the Elim wine ward.
The wine farm is situated close to the small missionary town of Elim, meaning ‘Place of God’. This historic town was founded in 1824, and is today still inhabited only by members of the Moravian church. The church building is based in the heart of Elim, and the town boasts a number of national heritage sites. Elim is home to the only monument in the country to commemorate the freeing of the slaves in 1834. It also has one of the last working water-mills in the Western Cape Province. Other towns situated close to the Elim wine ward include Bredasdorp, Agulhas, Struisbaai and Gansbaai.
The Elim Wine Ward: The Black Oystercatcher wine farm joined forces with the other wine growers living in the Elim wine ward, to create the Elim Wine Growers.
Their slogan is ‘Real wine, Real people’ encapsulating the high quality wines, and the homeliness and countryside hospitality that the Elim wine ward offers. The Elim wine ward, and the greater Agulhas Plain region, is increasingly luring tourists to its many attractions. Aside from the wine farms, the Agulhas Plain is home to many nature-based tourism activities, not least those offered by the Nuwejaars Wetland Special Management Area.
Other sites to visit on the Agulhas Plain include the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, the Waenhuiskrans Cave, the fisherman’s harbour in Arniston and the many nature reserves in the area.
For the more brave, don’t forget to go shark-cage diving at Gansbaai. Accommodation is also available throughout the area – from the more affordable B&B’s, to the more expensive guesthouses and hotels.
This is a special occasion for fathers – including our own Dirk Human.
And this festival has been going for 25 years. It’s the Napier Wine and Patat (Sweet Potato) festival.
Three hundred and forty-five years ago, around 40 shipwreck survivors stumbled upon the waterscapes centrepiece of the Agulhas Plain.
#Waterscapes: The natural wonder of the Agulhas Plain
You depend on water – it’s the basis of life. The same goes for the Black Oystercatcher. But – because of our unique setting, we depend on an intricate water network. We don’t just turn on a tap. We connect with a vast water system that must function fully.
Because our #waterscapes are at the heart of our existence, we’re highlighting these natural wonders of the Agulhas Plain. It’s a tribute to our corner of earth in the Overberg – and the life-giving systems you’ll find here.
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