CE’s top 20 SA wineries

By , 5 April 2012



Tim James on behalf of the Mail & Guardian recently conducted a poll of 29 wine professionals to establish a top 20 list of wine producers in South Africa and you can read the results here.

My nominations were as follows:

Top Five
Boekenhoutskloof (1st in overall top five)
Cape Point Vineyards (in the final list but outside the top five)
Hamilton Russell Vineyards (in the final list but outside the top five)
Kanonkop (3rd in overall top five)
Vergelegen (in the final list but outside the top five)

Next 15
Chamonix (tied for 4th place in overall top five)
Delaire Graff Estate (not in final list)
De Trafford (not in the final list)
Hartenberg (not in the final list)
Ken Forrester Wines (not in the final list)
Mullineux Family Wines
Neil Ellis (not in the final list)
Newton Johnson Vineyards
Paul Cluver (tied for 4th place in overall top five)
Rijks Private Cellar (not in final list)
Sadie Family Wines (2nd in top five)
Tokara (tied for 4th place in overall top five)


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  • Christian9 April 2012

    A lot of inquiries as to what standards were applied when it came to nominating wineries. The original email from Tim James to those polled read as follows: “As to criteria, it is often more intuitive, perhaps, how you weigh up a tiny winery with a single good wine against a large producer with a few equally good wines but also a lot of dross, etc, etc. You must decide. The only criterion I am imposing, please, is the modest one that the winery must have a track record of at least three vintages.”

  • Smirrie6 April 2012

    Ek het ook toe ek artikel gelees het my eie top 20 gedoen en voel rijks baie unlcky om uit te val. Creation ook word deur niemand genoem.

  • Nicola Tipping5 April 2012

    Thanks for your vote of confidence in Mullineux Wines, Christian!

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