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Stark-Conde Wines

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Address: Jonkershoek Valley | Oude Nektar Farm, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 861 7700
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Gorgeous wine tasting location

i was in Stellenbosch for the weekend purely for wine tasting. This wine farm was suggested to us by our hotel, due to the beautiful location. It truly was magnificent. You are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i was in Stellenbosch for the weekend purely for wine tasting. This wine farm was suggested to us by our hotel, due to the beautiful location. It truly was magnificent. You are literally sitting in the middle of a lake on a wooden deck tasting wine. And the wines were so delicious! We left with so many bottles. The lady... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

That vineyard is really well located. Picture perfect! Lovely island where you get to the wine tasting. Staff are very nice.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday lunch at the Postcard Cafe on Stark-Conde wine estate - even on a chilly day in July - is probably one of the best getaways one could wish for: spectacular views, tranquil surroundings and families spending time together with good food & wine. Will be back soon...and soon thereafter!

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Knysna, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

The most beautiful surroundings for a wine tasting with walking paths and a pond. We did the wine tasting and tried each wine (I took odds, Loic took evens). This is the only winery we tried in Stellenbosch, but it was recommended by a local and we weren't disappointed!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We only had a short time to spend in Stellenbosch and after researching many wineries, I chose this one from a brochure picture to have our lunch. Thank goodness it was a weekday and we were given a table on the terrace with the most wonderful scenery and perfect setting for lunch. The food was very good, enjoyed their wine.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

You couldn't get more of an idyllic spot for wine tasting than sitting on a small island in the middle of a lake, sandwiched in between 2 mountains! This place is sheer bliss - I could have sat there and checked out the view for hours. Instead I bought a bottle of their Chenin Blanc and went home with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had a wonderful tasting here. There wines are lovely, the service is very friendly and knowledgeable and the scenery is stunning. You sit outside on an island in the middle of a pond. Ducks and other birds play in the water and in the distance you see dramatic mountains. Honestly I would go back just for... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

I don't believe I have ever had a Chenin Blanc in California. If I had, it was totally not memorable. If you are a white wine drinker, no one will out beat the Chenin Blanc at this vineyard. I was in South Africa for 10 days and drank a lot of great white wines everyday. This one by far is... More 

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Bagnone, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

this hidden place is a real gem! the wine and food are really good. Tasting wines in the middle of the lake was a wonderful experience that will last for quite a while in my memory

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Stark-Conde should be on top of the list of destinations of anyone who enjoys fine wine and appreciates mother nature. Situated in the Jonkershoek Valley, the backdrop of the Jonkershoek Mountains is nothing short of spectacular.The wine tasting area is in the middle of a beautiful pond surrounded by beautiful scenery. We did some wine tasting and bought wine. overall... More 

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