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Stark-Conde Wines

Jonkershoek Valley | Oude Nektar Farm, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
+27 21 861 7700
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Good wine tasting but didn't like the service

We're done lots of wine tasting around Stellenbosch so this review is based on our feedback... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kanddhanson
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London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Wine Tasting Sanctuary!

Situated in the Jonkershoek Valley, Stark-Conde's vineyard estate is perfectly nestled between... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
seekingskyblog
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New York City, New York
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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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Jonkershoek Valley | Oude Nektar Farm, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank kanddhanson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank seekingskyblog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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.

Thank GJWPos
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

Thank Premier_Africa
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
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Situated in the beautiful Jonkershoek valley, Stark-Conde is a must. There is a good restaurant, but what makes this place special is it's location and wine tasting room in the middle of the dam, overlooking the entire Jonkershoek mountain range. The wine is brilliant and...More

Thank OneBigAdventure2016
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped to taste the recent release of Three pines cabernet and shiraz wines. As expected, world class

Thank 86nicob
Stark-Conde_Wines, Marketing Assistant at Stark-Conde Wines, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the new vintages. Thank you! Kind Regards, The Stark-Condé

Reviewed 21 April 2017

We were taken here by our tour guide from Redwood Tours. We sat on an island tasting five different wines, served by a lovely lady who told us all about them. We sipped politely, not having done this kind of thing before, and we looked...More

Thank Delius17
Stark-Conde, Marketing at Stark-Conde Wines, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Thank you for the review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed yourselves! We hope to have you visit us again. Warmest Regards,

Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

My sister, a fortunate Cape Town local, brought me to Stark-Conde to feast on the green garden, in the midst of Jonkershoek Valley. Well worth the short drive out. Having had a bit to eat at previous wine farms we shared an entree platter. Lovely...More

Thank Suren P
Stark-Conde, Marketing at Stark-Conde Wines, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

We are extremely happy to hear that you and your sister enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for the kind words and we do look forward to having you join us again. Kind Regards, Stark-Condé Team

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