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Stark-Conde Wines

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Address: Jonkershoek Valley | Oude Nektar Farm, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
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This boutique winery is picturesquely nestled in the Jonkershoek Valley,...

This boutique winery is picturesquely nestled in the Jonkershoek Valley, just 3 kilometres outside town in Stellenbosch. The setting is simply overwhelmingly beautiful - hence, the name of the Postcard Cafe. What was intended to attract more feet to the tasting room; a little cafe linked to the winery, has now become the winery linked to the Cafe instead.

The winery is intensively family-run; German father, Japanese-German daughter and Cuban-American husband co-own the winery with their two daughters working weekends to help in the fully booked cafe. Winemaker and co-owner, Jose Conde hand-crafted his first-ever Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in a store room of the winery at the time in 1998. The four barrels aged gracefully and received five stars by John Platter -evidently Jose had been destined to be a winemaker and not a graphic designer. Adding to the talent, the farm's higher elevations and finely textured soils (perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon), made it a painless career change.

2013 celebrated Jose's fifteenth vintage with Old Mutual (South Africa) and won Stark-Conde the acclaimed trophy for Most Successful Producer in South Africa, Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Trophy for Best Shiraz.

Steep alterations in vineyard elevation make for a range of sites with distinct characteristics. Combined with the tremendous winter rainfall in Jonkershoek, (3 times more rain than Stellenbosch) these qualities ensure a more than suitable terrain for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Syrah and Pinotage.

Jose firmly believes in traditional winemaking - hand-picking, careful hand selection of the grapes, manual punch-downs, open-tank fermentation, basket pressing, and patient maturation for 22 months in French oak barrels.

With only 6000 cases produced annually, wines are not sold commercially and the proverbial 'word of mouth' is solely relied upon for advertising. Not that the scenery should not be enough of a reason to visit - a charming, small Balinese tasting room floats on its own little island in the middle of the dam surrounded by mountain peaks, vineyards and tranquil valley vegetation. Tastings are personal and intimate, with attention paid to the finer details of each wine.

Stark-Conde has three different brands. The Three Pines range is a single-vineyard, flagship estate selection while the Stellenbosch wines are blends from different vineyard blocks on the estate. Stark-Conde Field Blend is the only estate white wine produced and is compiled from a single block of three different cultivars grown together namely Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Verdelho. This wine is elegantly balanced with richness and aromatics from the Roussanne and Viognier, combined with fruit and acidity from the Chenin Blanc and Verdelho components. Stark-Conde Postcard Series are from selected vineyards outside the farm.

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Stunning scenery, don't go by this place. We bought wine! Glorious castle overlooking the land.

Recommended by a German couple at a not very good winery down the road! Our first sight was of an armed guard, with a "little" armoured car at the front gate. A bit off-putting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommended by a German couple at a not very good winery down the road! Our first sight was of an armed guard, with a "little" armoured car at the front gate. A bit off-putting but so glad we did visit. Stunning location, overlooking a pond & mountains.The staff were excellent, so much so that we bought from Cristiano. We also... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a most pleasant day at this wonderful venue. The reception was friendly and the service excellent. We started the visit with a very pleasant tasting of great wines in a exquisite setting. Our wine server was very knowledgeable about the wine.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very much enjoyed this winery on our tour with Tsiba Tsiba. Such a fabulous tasting venue on the small pond and so very picturesque. The wines were delicious and the staff guiding the tasting were exceptional.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

11.45 Saturday expected it to be busy lots of table outside all reserved. We were greet by a very surley young lady and told that all seats were reserved but we could sit inside. Dark and dismal we had the small plates whipped off the table as we were not having lunch. Not a smile in sight another miserable young... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

This was the first stop on a brief tour around the Cape wineries. It is located in the most beautiful spot between two mountain ranges. It is relatively new, only 25 years old, and has very small production. We tried their signature Sauvignon blanc, which was very unusual as it was matured in oak barrels, a Pinot, a very spicy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Drinking wine on a superb location! Checking out fishes and ducks while sipping wine is amazing. Wine tasting itself was a bit disappointing given they only had one white for tasting but the red were good. I would recommend it more for the location than the wines but I'm not such a great expert so give it a try!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

This was our first visit to Stark-Conde and it won't be our last. The location is simply stunning, stunning, stunning although I suppose it does help when you visit against a backdrop of a perfect blue sky. We had lunch which was delightful - three of us enjoying the fish of the day- washed down with a crisp white. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

What a find! From the entrance to the Lake where the tasting experience takes place to just the most lovely luncheon served in the Postcard Cafe. This place is a sanctuary of peacefulness! The views, the staff, the food and of course the wines! Service with a smile all round and we all left this place saying how much we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We have stopped here for a small tasting after a lovely bike ride through the Jonkershoek natural preserve and it has proved to be a perfect ending of the ride! All the wines were perfect, topped by the sauvignon! Many thanks guys!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The scenery is amazing, its hard to think people live in a place like this, I have added a photo of the Castle - the Stuttgart owned Castle on the hill - just adds to the romance of this place. It is a recommended route for wine lovers and nature lovers alike, an absolutely amazing little piece of land with... More 

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