Or rather, at the nearby cellar door, when the Great Wine Sale took place last Sunday (October 19th). The quaint timber building is nestled among similar buildings, shrubs and trees, with the garden sloping down to a bend in the Tamar River. Visitors could buy delicious snags for lunch, a glass or bottle, or a platter of cheese, and sit in the garden and enjoy the view.

Rod Cuthbert and Mary Dufour are shutting the cellar door at Deviot on December 1st (it was reported incorrectly in the Mercury’s Taste liftout recently that it had already shut).  Iron Pot Bay wines will continue to be available at selected restaurants and bottle shops, but after five years,  they have decided to concentrate their energies elsewhere.

The good news is that the Great Wine Sale continues until they close. 

There is a discount on everything, including their sparkling wine, with the semillon and traminer 2001 vintages on sale as quaffing wines at $5 a bottle. The traminer isn’t to my taste,  but I can tell you, the semillon is a great quaff!

There are five more days to go:  Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th, Thursday 30th and Friday 1st. But if you can’t make it to this really beautiful neck of the woods,  you can place an order by telephone - (03) 6394 7320 - and delivery will be arranged.

Margaretta Pos

It was a magical day at the Iron Pot Bay vineyard in the Tamar Valley.