Richard Duckitt

Chief Winemaker
Bellingham Wines
Richard Duckitt, grew up on a farm in the Darling District of South Africa and applies his inherent knowledge of terroir and produce to his daily winemaking practice.

Richard Duckitt, grew up on a farm in the Darling District of South Africa and applies his inherent knowledge of terroir and produce to his daily winemaking practice.

Having completed a Diploma in Viticulture and Cellar Technology at the Elsenburg Agricultural College of Stellenbosch, Richard channelled his solid agricultural understanding and winemaking ambition into his budding career.

Richard began his journey as a winemaker in Western Cape and went on to reap valuable experience during the completion of two harvests in California and one in Bordeaux. He acquired a taste for excellence and fervour for the scientific and creative processes throughout his 9 vintage experiences at Franschhoek Vineyards.

After a busy day in the cellar and in the vineyards where he is encouraged to creatively explore trends and balance these with traditional winemaking techniques, Richard extends his love for experimentation to his private kitchen where he enjoys cooking to impress his wife with innovative dishes.