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Saturday 19 December 2015

An early Christmas present for Tasmanian wine lovers

Tasmanian wine lovers got an early Christmas present when the new home for Devil’s Corner wines was unveiled last Wednesday at the Hazards Vineyard on the East Coast.

A new wine tourism destination; The Devil’s Corner Cellar Door and Lookout has been crafted from dark metal and rough, textured local timber. It has been designed by Cumulus Studio, the renowned Tasmanian architects behind projects such as Pumphouse Point and The Apple Shed in the Huon Valley. It was built by Launceston builder Anstie Constructions.

Brown Brothers acquired the Devil’s Corner vineyard site in 2010 and opened a small temporary cellar door overlooking the Moulting Lagoon and Hazards mountain range, with the plan to establish a permanent structure after spending time researching what visitors look for at a tasting facility.

Executive director Ross Brown, who is a regular visitor to the state as a fisherman, said: “Over the past four years we have learnt a lot about what people are interested in when visiting the East Coast. This information has been gathered from our small trial cellar door and as a result we’re ready to expand our offering.”

Along with creating an intimate cellar door experience, Devil’s Corner will be partnering with local East Coast producers Freycinet Marine Farm, trading as ‘The Fishers’, and Tombolo Freycinet CafĂ©, both of whom have eating establishments incorporated into the site.

“The success of the Devil’s Corner wines across Australia, combined with the extraordinary interest in visiting the vineyard, has convinced us that we need to provide an enduring and memorable home for the brand,” Ross Brown said. 

“The rugged Tasmanian landscape provides the perfect backdrop to this spectacular vineyard site and strongly engages visitors. Developing a 'must visit' Devil’s Corner cellar door on the spectacular Freycinet Peninsula, and combining it with local seafood, is an exciting next step in growing our business.”

Along with the cellar door and local food offering, a new lookout has been opened on the site, with direct access from Sherbourne Road for visitors to take a break and enjoy the views of the vines and Moulting Lagoon. 

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