Back in 1989 when Hans & Midori Schroder purchased “Oude Nektar” farm, South African history books were busy being revised as the end of Apartheid was imminent. Originally raised in Stellenbosch, Hans had left the country in the 60’s to attend university in Japan, where he met and married Midori. The couple made Tokyo their home for the next 25 years where they raised 3 daughters.
Fast forward to a changing South Africa. Fulfilling a lifelong dream of coming home to Stellenbosch, Hans bought the 240 hectare farm in Jonkershoek and dedicated the next decade to growing quality grapes. Eventually joined by daughter Marie and her husband José, together they launched Stark-Condé Wines in 1998.
Self-taught cellarmaster José Condé began his wine journey with just 3 barrels of Cabernet and rudimentary winemaking equipment. The winery today produces 10,000 cases of premium handcrafted wines and is exported worldwide.
Marie opened the Postcard Cafe in 2010 with just 15 chairs and a chalkboard menu. Today the cafe is popular with locals and tourists alike. Both the winery and cafe may have grown in size but remain focused on quality and integrity.
“Stark-Condé” is a marriage of names. “Stark” is the surname of Hans’ mother who originally settled in Stellenbosch, whose creative spirit remains an inspiration to this day. “Conde” is a nod to José’s father, a Cuban émigré to the US whose hard work and self-reliance was a lesson for future generations.