Francois has been active in the South African wine industry for over 15 years as a winemaker, marketer, manager and producer. Currently he owns and manages a consulting and brokering firm, Bezuidenhout Family Wines. His own family-wine label, Leenders, has been available in the market since 2018. Leenders wines are made to the style he most enjoys – Southern France. Applying his winemaking skills to gin production he launched Pimville Gin towards the end of 2018. Recently Pimville Gin was awarded as the best distilled gin in South Africa. Francois is also the South African portfolio taster for French industry magazine Gilbert and Guillard.