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"The farm was named “IONA” after an island off the West Coast of Scotland. Gunn's proud Scottish ancestry that can be traced back over a thousand years to a Viking Chief, Olaf the Black, explains why the unusual Viking ship is used as the logo for Iona's wines.


The first vineyards were planted in 1998 and initial research confirmed that Iona is one of South Africa’s coolest vineyards with harvesting times up to 2 months later than other wine producing areas . In a country where cool sites are precious, these vineyards are like gold. 

Perfect in Every Way
Although aspects, soils, viticultural and winemaking practices are important in producing high quality wines, the climate is probably the most important.

According to an authority, Iona is South Africa's only piece of land resembling Bordeaux, with an average growing season (October to April) temperature of 17,5ºC and a slightly warmer April equivalent, which ensures reliable physiological ripening of the grapes.

The altitude and cool southerly summer winds blowing directly off the Atlantic Ocean (13-19°C) over the farm contribute to a unique climate and the longer ripening period ensures that the sugar, pH, acid and flavour compounds are in perfect balance. These ideal growing conditions produce elegant wines of distinction with low alcohol levels.

Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are particularly well-suited to the special climatic conditions and low potential soils, have been planted at Iona.


Iona wines are highly rated, are available in Hong Kong exclusively from Africa to Asia Ltd.