Iona Wine Farm in the Elgin Valley
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Iona Wine Farm in the Elgin Valley

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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.

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A: Wine Farm Elgin Valley

by Rudolph Thomas, 80 meters away

Wine Farm Elgin Valley

B: Iona wines view over Elgin Valley

by Rudolph Thomas, 110 meters away

Iona wines view over Elgin Valley

C: iona-vineyards

by Rudolph Thomas, 150 meters away

iona-vineyards

D: View from Iona over the Elgin Valley

by Rudolph Thomas, 170 meters away

View from Iona over the Elgin Valley

E: Wine Farm Elgin Valley

by Rudolph Thomas, 170 meters away

Wine Farm Elgin Valley

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by Rudolph Thomas, 690 meters away

G: Close to Iona and Tokara in the Elgin Valley

by Rudolph Thomas, 920 meters away

Close to Iona and Tokara in the Elgin Valley

H: Elgin Valley

by Rudolph Thomas, 940 meters away

Elgin Valley

I: Close to Iona and Tokara in the Elgin Valley

by Rudolph Thomas, 1.1 km away

Close to Iona and Tokara in the Elgin Valley

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Text by Steve Smith.

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