Stark-Condé Wines in Stellenbosch has just announced the appointment of assistant winemaker, Rudger van Wyk, to the position of Winemaker.
Words by Greg Landman
Rudger has been with Stark-Condé for over 2 years and, according to Cellarmaster Jose Condé “has really grown as a leader of the team. These past 2 years he has gained an excellent understanding of our vineyards and of our winemaking style and he has stepped up to the day-to-day role of supervising the cellar staff.”
Rudger is from George on the East Coast and has a degree in Oenology from Stellenbosch University. He was a Cape Winemakers’ Guild Protégé with apprenticeships at Kanonkop and Nitida and a harvest in Burgundy before joining Stark-Condé.
Jose continues “Along with a great palate, he brings a lot of passion to the position — and as you can see by the size of his arms in the photo below, as an ex-Rugby player, he has no problems with the punch downs, a big plus! Yesterday we started crushing the first grapes of the 2018 harvest. This year is the 20th year of Stark-Condé Wines and I feel it is a good time to make some changes.”