In early 1997, Andrew Gunn, an engineer by training was contemplating his next career move. Having always loved the outdoors, the prospect of farming appealed to him and feeling young and energetic he left the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg to begin the search for the ‘perfect’ farm.
Forty farm visits later, Andrew and a very tired estate agent stumbled upon a solitary dilapidated apple farm on a mountain top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by the Kogelberg Biosphere and Forestry the property had no agricultural neighbours. The rolling hills and the drive up the mountain to where the farm was situated, 420 meters above sea level, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, was unlike anything he had ever seen. It was love at first sight. The sighting the derelict Herbert Baker homestead, coupled with the expansive view of the Elgin Valley, affirmed his love affair.
The philosophy at Iona is to make wine that expresses the soils and climate as closely as possible, making use of sustainable farming methods to maximise the use of natural products in farming and winemaking. Everything is done in-house. From the vineyard to the wine distribution. For Andrew and Rozy, Iona is the sole source of their focus, passion and great joy.
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