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, Sponsors & E-Solutions  /  
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 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.

Laverné Rousseau

Online Shop Manager  /  
Laverne comes to us with great energy after an interesting career in sales, photography, admin and cruise ship working. She is full of beans and the shop is abuzz! Laverne ensures that when you order wine from us that your experience is fabulous!

Sheryl Faure

Client Manager  /  
Sheryl's background could not be more immersed in wine if she tried! She grew up on a well-known wine farm, has managed wine shops and run tasting rooms. Sheryl ensures that our winery clients are happy with our service. If you want to get the most out of your listing at, just speak to her.

Adele Dixon

Bookkeeper  /  
Adele keeps in tip-top shape, making sure that the financial side of 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.

Malannie Casteling

Content Editor  /  
Malannie joined us permanently in April 2014 after standing in for Kudzi while she was off having a baby! She made such a good impression that we did not want to let her go. Malannie also has great graphic/web skills and shows her worth in the Content Team as well as assisting with imagery.

Yoliswa Masekwana

Content Editor  /  
Yoliswa joined 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 also loves wine fortunately, so we are very pleased to have her join our Accounts team for mornings only as Admin Assistant.

Jamie-Lee Appolis

Content Editor  /  
Jamie-Lee completed her Wine Tourism 12-month course through the PYDA (Pinotage Youth Development Academy) in Nov 2018, and joined our Content Team immediately after for a 13-month contract. She spent a month with us doing her work placement (in Oct 2018) and we were so impressed with her energy and dedication, that we appointed her to join our team.

Thomas Davidson

Content Marketer / News Editor & Social Media Manager  /  
Thomas joined in May 2019 after graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BA in History & Ancient Culture and completing a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School in Stellenbosch. He has worked on Radio as a presenter at MFM - and has a great interest in wine. We are delighted to have him on the team.