Stark-Condé Wines is located in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch.
The higher elevations and finely textured soil of the valley are ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties.
While summers can be warm, the brisk south-easterly winds keep pests at bay and the vineyards in good health.
Dry conditions and wind can create fire risks. In 2009, a wildfire ravaged much of the natural vegetation on the farm.
The soils on the farm consist of decomposed granite over clay, with a range of textures from fine gravel to quite stony.
Grapes are hand-harvested by experienced teams that carefully pick grape bunches at optimal ripeness.
Berries are meticulously hand-sorted to eliminate damaged fruit, stalks and other organic matter.
During the early stages of fermentation, the wine is stored in open tanks and manually punched down around the clock.
Wines are matured in small French oak barrels for up to 22 months.
The long maturation period allows winemaker Jose Condé to bottle most of his red wines “unfined & unfiltered.”
The flagship Three Pines Cabernet is typically Jonkershoek: elegant with lush fruit and fine, soft tannins.
The Stark-Condé tasting room offers an intimate tasting experience, with a panoramic view of the surrounding valley.
The tasting room is surrounded by water and has a 360° view.
The area is rich in bird life and attracts nature lovers. A young African Wood Owl.