Pier 10 – has a good feel to the place.  They have an interesting history – sometimes on the MPVA map and sometimes not, but whatever, they have been pursuing their own wine making and hospitality direction for well over a decade now and the results are impressive.  When I visited recently the place was full of people who didn’t look in a hurry to leave.

Pier 10 vineyard November 2013

Pier 10 vineyard November 2013

They grow Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir and buy in Shiraz from Heathcote.  Out of this mix comes two sparkling wines: one with a bit of everything bar the Shiraz, and a Rose from the Pinot Noir.  I am not a great fan of blending Chardonnay with Pinot Gris – I just don’t think that it works very well – so of the two the Rose was the one I preferred.

Pier 10 - back of the cellar door - November 2013

Pier 10 – back of the cellar door – November 2013

Of their still wines, I thought the Cam’s Chardonnay was excellent, as was the Pinot Rose – and they pulled off a really decent 2011 Pinot Noir.  The best part of all this – a cellar door special offer with 12 wines, including the ones I have mentioned – for $150 which is really good value.

Pier 10 cellar door dining area - platters and pizza - November 2013

Pier 10 cellar door dining area – platters and pizza – November 2013

There is a fantastic deck out the back overlooking a beautiful green valley – just perfect for lounging.  And the prices are reasonable.  Wines start at $22 and end up in the mid 30s.  I must try the restaurant.

So definitely worth a visit – a very Sound cellar door.

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