OUR TEAM

WE ARE

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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).

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ALIDA BESTER

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.

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VIAN BESTER

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.

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OLGA BLOMERUS

As the Function Coordinator I get see you create new memories and become part of ourLeipzig story. I grew up in the city, but I’m most at home living the country life. It’s pure bliss.

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ALIDA MARAIS

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.

MADE WITH LOVE IN THE LEIPZIG KITCHEN

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LIEZL STEYN

Head Chef (and taste extraordinaire). Artisan-inspired, using fresh, local produce, I design our dishes to take you on a flavour journey.

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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.

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ANNEMARIE STEVENS

A wizard with a whisk! I’m The Cook (my crème brulee will keep you coming back again and again).

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FRANCIA ARENDSE

I’m technically a helping hand in the kitchen, but my passion lies in making things pretty with inspiring flower arrangements and beautiful décor.

SPECIAL CARE MAKES YOU WANT TO STAY ANOTHER DAY

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MELISSA SWARTZ

Crisp, fresh linen, perfect folds and a touch of magic. I’m the Head of Laundry, you’ll also see me helping at dinnertime.

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ELLENOR DIEDERICKS, LENIE DAMONS, MELANIE STEVENS

We make sure your room is comfortable, clean and the perfect place for some R&R. You’ll also see us helping at dinnertime.

A PERFECT HARVEST HAS MANY HELPING HANDS

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FRANS DAMONS & KOOS STEVENS

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.

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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.

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