stark-condÉ & essay
STELLENBOSCH | SOUTH AFRICA
Nestled in the charming Jonkershoek Valley lies the boutique winery, Stark-Condé - a mere three kilometers outside of Stellenbosch. Stark-Condé is intensively family-run. German father Hans Schröder, Japanese-German daughter Marie, and Cuban-American husband, José Conde co-own the winery with their two daughters working in the café at weekends to help.
Starke-Condé is ideally located for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals, thus it was only a matter of time before award-winning Cabs would emerge from the cellar.
Stark-Condé 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. The Pepin Condé wines are non-estate premium wines from vineyards outside of the farm. José firmly believes in traditional winemaking - handpicking, careful hand selection of the grapes, manual punch-downs, open-tank fermentation, basket pressing, and patient maturation for 22 months in French oak barrels.
Because of this approach, unlike commercial wineries, only 6000 cases of wine are produced annually.