Wine producer, Dirk Human, is the owner, winemaker and
viticulturist of the Black Oystercatcher boutique wines. The Human
Family has farmed successfully on the Moddervlei farm, where the Black
Oystercatcher winery and restaurant are housed, for generations. The farm is
situated between the small towns of Elim, Bredasdorp and Agulhas, in the
Overberg region in South Africa.
In 1998, Dirk and his family decided to live their dream - by planting vineyards on
the property. Dirk's knowledge of the land with its sand plains, wetlands, extensive
limestone and calcareous dunes enabled him to select the perfect location for the
Black Oystercatcher's vineyards. In so doing, Dirk became one of the pioneers to
establish vineyards in the maritime ward of Elim.
By 2003, the first boutique wines were bottled. Dirk named the new wines after
the rare Black Oystercatcher birds, which, like the grapes, thrive along the
coastline around the cool tip of Africa, Today, only 30 000 bottles of
Black Oystercatcher boutique wines are produced a year - making the wines
truly exclusive. The Elim wine ward has also since become one of the most
closely watched wine producing regions in the world.
In 2008, Dirk again lived his dream, opening the Black Oystercatcher Restaurant.
The restaurant follows Dirk's own motto: to live by the season. Dirk and his wife
Sandra run the restaurant with an experienced chef and staff who bring a
professional approach to the venue. Dirk's next goal? To bring the world to his
doorstep in the Elim wine ward, and show them the uniqueness of this
southern-most wine-producing region.
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