334 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville, VIC
03 5999 9222
With a gastronomic philosophy of ‘great wine requires great food’, the brand-new Healesville headquarters of Innocent Bystander almost demands a visit.
Just a one-hour drive from Melbourne, the winery, restaurant and cellar door stands not so innocently on Healesville’s main strip. The new headquarters, which opened in March 2017, has solidified the picturesque town as the epicentre of food and wine in the Yarra Valley, offering delicious drinks and even better food over lunch and dinner.
Occupying the building that previously housed White Rabbit Brewery, the venue has taken on a decidedly grown-up look, with a brand-new design by BEE Interiors that reflects the restaurant’s humble philosophy.
The space is a relaxed converted warehouse with timber finishes and polished concrete floors. Highlighted by elegant lighting, the restaurant is subtly stylish with all the necessary comforts to enjoy a day of good wine, paired with delicious food.
Taking pride of place is the 15-metre stone bar and copper wine taps. From here, the restaurant serves popular wines through a state-of-the-art KeyKeg, which is ideal for trying multiple wines. Get your hands on one of the iconic tasting paddle featuring three different wines in trendy beaker carafes. These provide the perfect way to explore the local wine country from the comfort of your seat.
Although there are no vineyards on-site, an afternoon on the front deck is well worth the drive. Order some delicious oysters or olives and a tasting paddle and watch the sun encroach the beautiful Yarra Valley hills in the distance.
Keep the wine flowing and order some pizzas to share. They are topped with simple ingredients that arrive fresh from local producers in the area, summing up the Healesville foodie experience.
Complete your day with a round of bubbles, especially when they are bright pink. A trip to Innocent Bystander is not complete without a taste of the flagship drop – the moscato. Juicy and gently sweet, the moscato makes a great dessert wine to bring the weekend to a close.
With a laid-back and friendly atmosphere, Innocent Bystander will have you leaving feeling more acquainted with the region than the name suggests. Take a drive to discover the beautiful food and wine on offer, tasting, sipping and sampling the epitome of the Yarra Valley.