meet the team

Kevin Kidson

Founder & Technical Director   /  
Don to the WINE.CO.ZA mob, Kevin is where the buck starts and stops. He can be found contemplating The Big Picture and emerges every few months beaming with new business strategies and innovative products to boot.

Judy Brower

Founder & Sales Director  /  
Life partner to The Don, Director of WINE.CO.ZA, and most importantly, our resident chef. There is no end to the roles Judy fulfills at home, at work, in life and beyond. In her capacity as Director of WINE.CO.ZA she is involved on a strategic level as well as heads up our corporate marketing & sales efforts and HR department.

Michelle Ladewig

Manager: Advertising & CellarDirect Merchandising  /  
Fiesty, fearless and fabulous Michelle is a WINE.CO.ZA institution. She is loved far and wide across the winelands for her dedication to her e-solutions, web design and advertising clients. Internally, she is affectionately known as our Cosmetics Queen for her appreciation of all things aesthetic and therefore makes a major contribution to how we are perceived externally.

Garth Hapgood-Strickland

Art Director / Senior Web Developer & Web Designer  /  
Dark, daring and damn efficient (don't let the double-barrel surname fool you), Garth is Kevin's programming wingman and in charge of what we call, 'the front-end', i.e. the look and feel of the wine.co.za portal. Garth works his magic in minutes - having been a magician in a former life. Houdini ain't got nothing on this lothario of graphic wizardry.

Trudie Webb

News Editor  /  
Trudie joined wine.co.za in 2016. She comes from an academic background and took on the Content Editing role with such aplomb that we have now appointed her to the Wine News Editor & Social Media Management role. We are delighted to have her in the wine.co.za team

Adele Dixon

Bookkeeper  /  
Adele keeps wine.co.za in tip-top shape, making sure that the financial side of wine.co.za runs smoothly. She is our Queen of tarts, baking gorgeous goodies now and again that keep us very happy. If you ever have a question about wineries, contacts, the meaning of life, she’s your go-to gal.

Yoliswa Masekwana

Content Editor  /  
Yoliswa joined wine.co.za in Nov 2017 after graduating from the Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA) as one of the top students completing their 12 month Wine Tourism course. She has taken on the content editing role with vim and vigour and is often seen out and about tasting wines while honing her well-tuned palate.

Xanthe Leak

Admin Assistant  /  
Xanthe is an eager learner and is passionate about numbers, finance and fortunately also loves wine, so we are very pleased to have her in our Accounts team for mornings only as Admin Assistant.

Suheena Williamson

Shop Manager  /  
Suheena originally hails from KZN and we are delighted to have her in the wine.co.za team. She loves dessert wines, and has taken on the Shop & CellarDirect management with alacrity and feels to us like she was always part of the family.

Leroy Matthee

Intern - Content Editor  /  
Leroy is currently doing an internship with us from the Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA), after graduating from their 12 month Wine Tourism Course in Nov 2019, where he also achieved his WSET Level 2 certificate. He is working as a Content Editor for our Directory.

Niel Theron

Shop & CellarDirect assistant  /  
Niel helped out in our Shop during the June 2020 Lockdown madness and we were impressed by his positive energy and willingness to jump in wherever we required assistance. We are delighted to have him and his sporty attitude as a permanent member of our team working in the SHOP & CellarDirect areas

Atisang Maema

Intern  /  
Atisang is currently doing an internship with us for 2020, as part of an ABSA Catalyx program. She graduated from the Pinotage Youth Development Academy(PYDA) in Nov 2019 after completing their 12 month Wine Tourism course, which included achieving her WSET Level 2.