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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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+27 21 861 7700
10:00 - 16:00
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Elie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Affordable wine tasting at one of the most beautiful farms as tasting area is a island in the middle of a small dam. Great wines, mostly red.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent wines and beautiful veiws of the mountain and delicious cake. Highly recommend this place.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden away in the Jonkershoek valley, what a gem!!! Beautiful setting with natural beaty, great food, wine to die for... Be sure to ask Carmen to assist with the wine tastings... you are in for a treat. Hospitality, great service, fantastic wines! Be sure to make space for the wine you would like to buy... decisions decisions! A definite must!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This estate is spectacular! The most beautiful setting. The wine tasting is done on 'the island'. The hostess that we had was charming, and very knowledgeable about her wines. The lunch was absolutely delicious, especially the calamari and prawn salad. A hidden gem that has been 'discovered!'

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I've visited many wineries around the world and Stark Conde is onde of the most beautiful I've seen. They have a huge parking lot, so don't worry about where to park your car. You walk a few steps and arrive on the border of a lake. At the center of it there's a wonderful hut, covered by a huge tree,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We have experienced wine tasting in several countries so were looking forward to tasting at four establishments on a day long wine tour. Our first stop was this place which was pretty as a picture with the tasting on an island in a small lake. The server gushed her well rehearsed patter throughout the tasting and we got the impression... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We had lovely wines in a stunning setting. With a tasting room on a duck and koi pond surrounded by gorgeous mountains, so peaceful. The Elgin Pinot Noir and the Field Blend where stand outs for us.

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