It’s a question you’ll hear a lot: why are the white wines from the Elim Wine Ward so unique?

No one knows the answer to this question better than our Elim winemakers, including the Black Oystercatcher founder, Dirk Human.

And Dirk will be sharing his knowledge on white winemaking at the Elim Wine Festival, held on Saturday 4 November at the Black Oystercatcher. He presents a tutored wine tasting at the event, called: ‘Great white wines from the region’. His presentation takes place from 11.30-12.30.

Other tutored tastings follow, including a look at the red wines of the Elim Wine Ward, with Strandveld winemaker, Conrad Vlok (14.00 – 15.00).

There are also brewmaster sessions with Fraser Crighton of Fraser’s Folly Craft Beer, and Jan Becker of Beckers Craft Beer (12.45 – 13.45).



The Elim Wine Festival takes place every year, bringing winemakers from Elim and surrounds together.

This year wineries at the festival include the Black Oystercatcher, Strandveld Vineyards, Ghost Corner, the Berrio, Lomond, the Drift, Sijnn Wines, the Giant Periwinkle, JD Wines, Dabar, Skipskop, Brunia, Lands End and Zoetendal.

Other action on the day includes:

  • Country-style meals
  • Craft stalls
  • A sheepdog herding performance
  • Archery on horseback
  • Vintage tractor parade
  • Great live bands throughout the day.


To buy tickets (R130/person), as well as to secure your spot at the tutored wine tastings, visit.

For more on the Festival, see: