Willie is possibly is the most hands-on, hardworking,
passionate farmer of all time. When he’s not tending to
the farm he likes to support his son, Klein Willie, in rugby
and typically enjoys a well-deserved rest watching the
Discovery Channel. He also happens to be quite the
wordsmith and can come up with the most brilliant and
often most ridiculous Afrikaans sayings. Don’t be alarmed
if he approaches you calling you his “Buurman” (the Afrikaans
word for “neighbour”). That’s what he calls everybody.
Emma may be the boss lady but she also happens to be
a lovely people’s person with cooking abilities like no other.
Much like her husband, she enjoys the outdoors. Emma is
most inspired by the Leeuwenkuil Rose and is an avid interior
decorating fan and book hunting champ. She is happiest
when all five of her cubs are around and only ever watches
one particular TV show – Downton Abbey.
With over two decades’ experience in production, management
and wine sales, he’s no newcomer to the industry. Though he
enjoys the Boland, he is at his happiest when he gets to spend
time on his farm in the Karoo.
This calculated, dedicated director cringes most when people
send congratulatory requests over the radio but is easily consoled
with a tasty chocolate and a good glass of wine.
Pieter has numerous awards under his belt, including an impressive
5-star Platter’s rating. He is quite the dreamer and his creative mind
is a wonderful asset to the team. He also happens to be a great cook
and frequently plans exciting food and wine pairing evenings. Pieter
loves to mow lawns and take afternoon naps.
He is also secretly a Master Chef and Twitter addict.
Koos is easily spotted wearing cargo pants and a golf t-shirt whilst driving
around in his bakkie. He spent quite a few years honing his craft in viticulture
in the Swartland, Paarl and Stellenbosch regions. Here, he gained a deeper
understanding for climate, soil type and topography.
This spontaneous viticultural genius is happiest when he’s somewhere
along the West Coast enjoying the company of good friends.
Thinus reigns from the Kalahari and has a great interest in adventure
stories. His love for nature is almost as strong as his love for fish
and chips and he can cook up some really impressive meals. This true
gentleman is often seen soaring over Leeuwenkuil in a little plane –
one of his favourite hobbies. Thinus has a natural aptitude for working
with people and never ceases to make anyone’s day a brighter one.
We also recently found out that he secretly watches Molly en Wors.
Nicol grew up in Moorreesburg and went to Dirkie Uys High School.
Rugby is his passion and he even played Craven Week and for WP Army.
He’s been working on Karnemelksvlei for 25 years – first with Theunis Briers,
and now with Willie Dreyer. Nicol believes in keeping people happy and he
treasures his family. He says, “Family time is precious and you must see as
much of each other as possible”.
Madre is a positive and kind-hearted (yet stern) winemaker and
loves horse riding and munching on speckled eggs. She may
seem calm when speaking but there tends to be a whimsical
twinkle in her eye, as if she knows something you don’t. If she
weren’t a winemaker she’d probably have been a vet, owing to
her love for animals and need to find loving homes for any
stray cat she may see around.
She also has a little collection of mini cacti.
Born in Malmesbury, Jehan had the fortune of growing up next door to a wine cellar in the Agter Paarl region. Having been with us for over 10 years, he is involved in almost all aspects of the business, and his contribution during the harvest is invaluable.
Jehan loves every aspect of wine and winemaking, as it affords him the opportunity to work in a natural environment and learn something new every day.
Our winemakers have a saying that goes “the best man for this
job is a woman – Hilda.” This hardworking, helpful lady is kind
of a legend around here. She loves walking barefoot, swimming
in the ocean and enjoying a guilty slice of chocolate cake.
Never interrupt her when she’s watching Muvhango, Isidingo
or Skeem Saam. These shows are pivotal.
Ewald is about much more than just balancing books.
He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with
a BSc Agric in Wine and Viticulture after which he worked
at Amity Winery in Oregon. He soon returned home,
worked as a winemaker for 11 years, and now focuses
Reading and eating are his favourite pastimes,
though he also likes jogging, making him a man
almost as well-balanced as the books he tends to.
After Celeste matriculated in 1998 from La Rochelle in Paarl, she tackled Europe for five years, but when she found herself back on local soil she was drawn to the vineyards. In January 2005 she entered the wine industry as a harvest helper who also hosted wine tastings. She learned the ropes quickly and in 2008 she was working as a laboratory technician.
Wine admin soon became part of her daily work and she brought those skills (amongst others) to Leeuwenkuil in 2010. She continues to grow with her wine farm family and handles all the arrangements around the bottling and labeling of our wines. Outside work this mom enjoys quality time with her husband and daughter.
Bernida is an expert checklist maker and organiser.
This foodie enjoys paging through recipe books for new
’30 minute dishes’. Movie night with her family is one of
her favourite pastimes. Her love for a spa-day means she
is unnaturally calm at all times. Positive, loyal and caring,
Bernida is always a pleasure to have around.
Marina matriculated in 1972 from the De Villiers Graaff High School in Villiersdorp. She has developed an incredible amount of skills and knowledge over the years, and we were happy to see her join the Leeuwenkuil family in October 2008.
This friendly mother of two is always keen for quality family
time and will never say no to a glass of ice-cold white wine on a
sunny porch in Langebaan. Corrien has worked as a winemaker
in Europa, the US and Australia before returning to South Africa.
When she’s not making top-quality wine, she loves to sit back
with a good book and anything chocolate-flavoured.
Gustav is at his happiest when he crafts a great wine or wins
a friendly touchies game. He completed his BSc Degree in
Winemaking at Stellenbosch University and gained some
valuable international experience at wine farms in Australia
and the United States. You will typically see this Karoo kid
roam the grounds in his flip-flops.
He’s obsessed with old sci-fi films and is overcome by a silent
enthusiasm each year just before the new harvest.
Bernard pretty much knows his craft inside-out. His
energetic personality makes him suffer from wanderlust
though his love for braai and Chenin Blanc keeps his feet
firmly in the grips of South African soil. He loves nature
and spending time hiking, kite surfing and 4×4-ing.
Claude believes in maintaining a healthy balance
between work and his personal life. He is a dedicated
family man who enjoys exploring the great outdoors.
He is happiest when having a braai under the stars
with a few good laughs and will never forgive you if
you enjoy your steak too well done.
It is no surprise that Liana has an obsession with order and
neatness as her admin skills are very much unmatched.
When she’s not tending to Leeuwenkuil admin, she enjoys
spending time with her family.
Some of her favourite things in life include swimming in the ocean,
reading and enjoying a cold Chenin Blanc on a sunny day.
Leeuwenkuil is a family business with a strong focus on family values. This means that we consider everyone we work with a part of the Leeuwenkuil family – be they owners, managers or employees. This is reflected in everything we do and is evident in our interaction with clients, whom we humbly welcome as part of our extended family.
Our business comprises three integral parts:
33% of the grapes processed in our cellar is produced by Leeuwenkuil itself. The majority of the wines we produce are crafted according to customer specifications, through which customer input is taken into consideration right from the day of bud break. We also craft a number of speculative wines that we supply to new customers, which allows us to experiment with a couple of new styles and innovations. A small percentage of our grapes is sold to winemakers who have specific demands in terms of terroir and cultivating practices.
We like to share our knowledge and are proud of our custom grape-crushing facility. We source grapes from various suppliers and harness our expertise to turn them into wine. We then either sell the wine on behalf of the suppliers or encourage them to source some buyers themselves. Our viticulturist is always ready to give helpful guidance where
needed in this regard.
We provide other wineries and established brands with a valuable service in blending their wine and preparing it for bottling. Once we are fully satisfied with the product, the wine will either go to the bottling plant or be exported in bulk as per the client’s wishes.
Leeuwenkuil is built on a solid foundation of integrity and transparency, enabling us to build
lasting relationships with all of our clients. We believe it important to ensure that all dealings
are mutually beneficial at all times. In keeping a close eye on market developments, we strive
to match the quality that we produce with the style our clients want and deserve.
Our practical, hands-on team is kept in the loop about everything happening at Leeuwenkuil
at all times.This effective communication system is reflected in the outcomes of both our internal
business and our dealings with clients.
When working with other wineries, we strive to gain a comprehensive idea of their brand in order to
develop their potential without forcing our own style upon them. We follow specifications and listen
intently to what they want while introducing some of our innovative strategies that could potentially be
implemented in their business.
In keeping with our policy of always being upfront and transparent, we consistently keep clients informed
about any unexpected changes in the production process. Clients are constantly informed of any new
developments that may affect their business and together we work to find favourable outcomes to
any new developments.