Tim James’ poll on the Cape’s top 20 wineries is generating much debate on Twitter. Since 2001, Tim has been asking leading local and foreign experts to share their thoughts…

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Tim James’ poll on the Cape’s top 20 wineries is generating much debate on Twitter. Since 2001, Tim has been asking leading local and foreign experts to share their thoughts on the country’s best producers. Interesting changes emerge each year and 2014 is no exception, with four new estates joining the ranks (Cederberg, Delaire Graff, Badenhorst and Reyneke). In all, 84 wineries were nominated by the 29 judges, and the top 20 hail from all over the Western Cape.

This year’s panel included Wine Cellar’s Roland Peens, along with sommeliers, well-respected critics (such as Christian Eedes, Tim Atkin and Neal Martin) and other retailers. The complete list of voters is available on Grape.co.za.

The top 20

1. Sadie Family
2. Mullineux Family
3. Kanonkop
4. Boekenhoutskloof
5. Chamonix
6. Paul Cluver
7. Newton Johnson
8. Cape Point
9. Hamilton Russell Vineyards
10. Vergelegen
11. Tokara
12. Thelema
13. Jordan
14. Cederberg
15. Delaire Graff
16. Badenhorst Family
17. Klein Constantia
18. Meerlust
19. Reyneke
20. DeTrafford

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