Producer Focus - Iona Wines
The Iona vineyards are on a mountain plateau 420 metres above sea level, surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
The philosophy at Iona is to make wine that expresses the soils and climate as closely as possible, making use of sustainable farming methods and 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.
Engineering meets Artistry
Iona’s unique character is emphasized by the special partnership between husband and wife, combining the art, personified by Rozy, and the science, through Andrew, who studied engineering at university.
Rozy Gunn, a classically trained artist, sculptor and converted farmer who studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, adds to Andrew’s sound structure and innovative farming.
The creative blend between two visionaries, engineer and sculptor turned wine farmers, contributes to the complexity, richness and variety of Iona.
Proceeding with care and gratitude in all that they do in the endeavour to produce a fine glass of wine from this stunning farm.
Primary grapes of Iona
"Our vineyards must be alive. We want to make lively wine. For this reason, no synthetic fertilisers are used, no snail pellets and no insecticides. We make all our own compost using biodynamic methods and preparations.
We keep five cows, which provide us with quality manure for our barrel compost and preparations. Winter cover crops between the rows - a combination of legumes, oats and clovers, nourish and mulch the vineyards in turn.
These natural methods of feeding, mulching and protecting our vineyards are an ongoing quest to nurture and express the individuality of the site and soil in a sustainable way."
Andrew Gunn - Owner
"Iona are a superb South African wine producer. Their wines are super tasty, provide excellent value for money and their sustainable approach to production is a big win for me.