LIDA & FRANCOIS SMIT
Our story begins with our parents, who had the dream and vision of Leipzig Country House & Winery. Francois loves his dogs and Lida has a passion for tortoises (and winegums).
I grew up on the farm. I ﬁnd great joy in managing the guesthouse and venue today. My true passion lies in food product development and on Leipzig I get all the raw produce I can work with. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.
Married to Alida, I’m a lawyer by day and wine connoisseur by night. My heart lies in managing the cellar, carefully helping to create exceptional wines. I like going back to basics and spend time tending an organic vegetable and herb garden in our backyard.
A meticulous planner and organizer of various events, easily bribed with eggs benedict or chai latte and big lover of dogs.
As function coordinator, I’m here to make sure your day is executed, to the finest detail, with no hick-ups. Your function forms part of Leipzig’s story, and we take care to only create the best stories.
You’ll ﬁnd me in the Tasting Room & doing the marketing for our boutique Wine Cellar. I’m driven by a passionate desire to let people experience our bespoke, award-winning blends.
SHANDRÉ VAN DER MERWE
The smile that greets you upon check-in.
A farm girl at heart, I grew up in this area and my heart lies in this valley. I manage our beautiful accommodation to provide you with that “home away from home” experience.
An ambitious chef, whose objectives is to cook on the same level of fine dining, but also in a more casual and open minded manner.
I enjoy playing around with new flavours and creative ideas and is always open to new concepts from clients.
Started as one of our very lovely housekeeping staff. She is now an integral part of the kitchen team, a second hand to the Head Chef.
A magician in the kitchen and grills a mean fillet.
MARIA VAN DER MERWE
I grew up on this incredible farm, where I’m now the Head Cook. I’m also the keeper of all secret recipes, handed down from times gone by. I’m known for my delicious chicken pie & homemade quiche.
A wizard with a whisk! I’m The Cook (my crème brulee will keep you coming back again and again).
LENIE DAMONS, MELISSA SWARTZ, SALOMIE TITUS, ASIPHE HANS & ELMARIE PIETERSEN
We make sure your room is comfortable, clean and the perfect place for some R&R. You’ll also see us helping at dinnertime.
KOOS STEVENS, FRANS DAMONS & DENOVAN TITUS
We maintain the Leipzig boutique wine cellar and assist during harvest season. We also make sure that the guest rooms are up to scratch and that everything works like a well-oiled machine during your visit.
WINSTON, KATRYN & JASPER
Our dogs form an integral part of the staff of Leipzig Country House, taking care of all our security needs. Winston (Retriever) will most often be spotted close to the swimming pool, whilst Jasper (Dachshund) spends most of his days sleeping next to Alida’s desk. Katryn (Wheaton Scotty) will welcome guests with her own unique song.
SUZIE RYNEVELDT & KOEKIE FREDERICKS
Our garden fairies, the magic behind our immaculate gardens. They also take care of our precious tortoises on the farm.