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Iona is located in Elgin, South Africa, about 27 miles southeast of Cape Town. The Gunn family acquired this dilapidated apple farm in 1997 and renamed the property Iona, after the remote, spiritual island off the west coast of Scotland. The estate is surrounded by the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The average temperature during the growing season at Iona is 63F and it is South Africa’s coolest vineyard. The climate is remarkably similar to that of Bordeaux with two positive exceptions: Elgin enjoys 50% less rain during the harvest months and is slightly warmer in April (equal to October in Bordeaux). The vineyards were planted in 1998; mostly to Sauvignon Blanc (65%) followed by Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier and other Bordeaux varietals. Farming is biodynamic, only estate fruit is used and the wines are bottled in screw cap. The cool climate at Iona ensures slow and even phenolic maturation. Winemaker John Seccombe takes full advantage of this unique terroir to produce transparent, focused wines of place. The long boat emblem on the labels is homage to owner Andrew Gunn’s Viking heritage. [+]