Richie Condie worked as a corporate risk manager for a multinational company off the back of a Bachelor of Commerce degree, but after establishing Condie Estate, completed several viticulture and winemaking courses, including a diploma of winemaking at Dookie. Having first established 2.4ha of shiraz, Richie and wife Rosanne followed with 2ha of sangiovese and 0.8ha of viognier. In 2010 they purchased a 1.6ha vineyard that had been planted in 1990, where they have established a winery and cellar door. Richie says to anyone thinking of going into wine production: ‘Go and work in a small vineyard and winery for at least one year before you start out for yourself. You need to understand how much hard physical work is involved in planting a vineyard, looking after it, making the wine, and then selling it.'
Condie Estate is a boutique Winery & Vineyard situated 5km south west of Heathcote of the picturesque Wild Duck Creek . We manage our vineyards organically and adopt a low touch philosophy to our winemaking . We Grow it , We Make , We Love it.