VIDEO CREDIT. Aryan Kaganof (camera, edit, concept)
MUSIC CREDIT. Syd Kitchen
The wines of Iona come from a dramatically unique site in the Cape Winelands.
The vineyards are on a mountain plateau 420 metres above sea level, surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
In a country where cool sites are precious, these vineyards are like gold — the grapes ripening up to two months later than other Cape vineyards and in perfect balance. Iona is South Africa's coolest vineyard site.
Andrew Gunn and family acquired this beautiful, but run-down apple farm in 1997. It was renamed "IONA" after the remote, spiritual island off the west coast of Scotland. We Gunns can trace our ancestry to the Vikings that landed in Scotland in the 900s, hence the Viking longboat emblem on our labels.
Since our first release in 2001, the wines of Iona have quickly made a name as being among the finest in the world. We invite you to visit our mountain vineyards or browse the site for further information, contact details and orders. If you would like to know where to find our wines please check our Agents or call us for restaurant listings in South Africa.
One Man Band – by IONA
One Man Band is our endeavour to put the best possible red wine from Iona in a bottle using any, some or all of our Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Mourvèdre and Viognier.
When Andrew Gunn and Rozy married in 2003 they kept both their farms – Andrew's was high on a mountain top with cool sea breezes and Rozy's was nestled in a valley full of interesting slopes. They now had the potential of two very different worlds in Elgin. It is from these significantly diverse micro-climates that the red varietals for the OMB are procured. Iona's breath taking and chilly perch provides the structure and bright purity of red berry fruit, while the valley farm yields grapes that are twice ripened by the warmer climate and the additional light and warmth which is reflected off the white quartz, which makes up much of the soil profile on these rocky slopes. It is from these vineyards that we get our brooding intensity, weight and colour.