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Innocent Bystander: In The Heart Of Healesville

Review

Address: 316-334 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777

Varieties include: Moscato, Pinot Gris, Arneis, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Gamay Pinot Noir blend, Tempranillo & Syrah

Innocent Bystander outside

The exterior including logo (source: Innocent Bystander Facebook)

Experience

Situated in Healesville town, this isn’t actually situated on a vineyard, but is a really cool space in the old White Rabbit Brewery site. There is a cellar door, providore and restaurant. The tastings are pretty relaxed and the food is casual Italian & Spanish style. Wines are more on the accessible (cheaper side) and cater to more casual drinkers, they are most famous for their Moscato.

Innocent Bystander wines

Some of Innocent Bystander’s wines (source: Innocent Bystander Facebook)

Wines / Beverages

As mentioned the wines are a more entry level, easy drinking style. Their Moscato is a favourite for people with more of a sweet tooth. With most of their wines priced between $20-$25 it is one of the most affordable wine labels in the Yarra Valley. With many of their counterparts pricing from $40 and up, it’s a smart move to provide quality wines at lower prices.

Innocent Bystander food

European style feast (source: Innocent Bystander Facebook)

Food

The focus here is their large range of wood fired pizzas and their Paella. They created the menu to match their wines, keeping it casual but quality and ideal for sharing. We love that they are one of the few places running dinner service 7 days a week so you can always be confident of a great option for tours preferring a late start into early dinner.

Innocent Bystander dining area

Amazing fit-out (source: Innocent Bystander Facebook)

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Setting

A sort of semi warehouse/industrial feel (harking back to the brewery days) but with a smart fit out. The space is airy and spacious, but with a relaxed yet cool vibe. Usually there is ample parking too. They also have a number or private dining spaces for larger groups or functions so a great option for a special celebration.

 

What we like

Great to have an offering of wines at a different price point than most and just to mention again it’s open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner which is rare in the Yarra Valley.

What we don’t like

If you are looking for rolling hills and vineyard views, this isn’t the place.

Read more about Yarra Valley wineries or return to the Yarra Valley wine tours.