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Stark-Conde Wines

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Jonkershoek Valley | Oude Nektar Farm, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
+27 21 861 7700
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Great tasting room and views

Excellent wines with a top class tasting room and staff. Grounds were beautiful and the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
smassey1
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San Diego, California
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Amazing views paired with amazing food & wine

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of both food and drink at this estate, considering that... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2018
kombuis777
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London, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pinot noir” (10 reviews)
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Jonkershoek Valley | Oude Nektar Farm, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent wines with a top class tasting room and staff. Grounds were beautiful and the restaurant looked and smelled amazing.

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of both food and drink at this estate, considering that none of our party had ever heard of the place! I have visited the Jonkershoek valley before and blissfully passed this hidden gem! The restaurant was completely full...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

A Very nice wineyard in a beatiful landscape. Feel like you are in a painting. Good wines. Recommend.

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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Stark-Conde produces fabulous wines, for me the best Cabernet Sauvignons in Stellenbosch. We‘ve been there on every visit to Stellenbosch and their normal wine tasting area in the lake (currently not accessible due to renovations) is perhaps our favourite spot in the area. This time...More

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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

We're done lots of wine tasting around Stellenbosch so this review is based on our feedback following an extensive wine tour. We didn't feel as welcome here as we did in other places as the member of staff that was running the wine tasting for...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Situated in the Jonkershoek Valley, Stark-Conde's vineyard estate is perfectly nestled between mountains with a Japanese inspired wine tasting room in the middle of a small lake serving as your tasting sanctuary. We had a great lunch here at Postcard Cafe (within Stark-Conde) as we...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Didn’t disappoint. Trying to make the most of the day we had an early start but everyone was welcoming and took us through all the wines we wanted to try. Enjoying good conversation with the extremely friendly lead tasting lady we were served some of...More

Thank Jonathan H
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Our hostess Gabby was delightful and well informed. Food was on offer, scenery was breathtaking. Pity we didn't have more time to tarry.

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

A few friends and I went out for a chilled Sunday and specifically went to Stark-Conde Wines for the lunch and amazing wines. It was my first time here and I was impressed. The scenery is amazing surrounded by huge mountains and peaceful nature. Will...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

This was the first winery we did a tasting at upon our arrival in South Africa. The gentleman I was staying with, who has lived in Stellenbosch his entire life and knows all the wineries very well, said this was one of his favorites in...More

Thank Chris O
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