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By Libby Curran
January 26, 2018

Innocent Bystander

The Yarra Valley winemaker's Healesville venue is part cellar door, part pumping wine bar.
By Libby Curran
January 26, 2018

UPDATE: MAY 27, 2020 — Healesville winery Innocent Bystander is reopening its restaurant to dine-in customers from Wednesday, June 3. In line with Victoria's new restrictions, it'll be able to seat up to 20 customers and it'll be serving a new menu (with less sharing), but the same great wine. It's also offering a takeaway menu, if you'd like to have a picnic in the surrounding area or take some treats home. For more info, head to the website.


Yarra Valley winemaker Innocent Bystander has thrown open the doors to its new Healesville digs, taking over the lofty space once home to White Rabbit's brewing operations.

The cellar door and winery looks set to hold its own amongst the region's many culinary hot-spots, with plans to showcase the label's own award-winning drops alongside a smorgasbord of other Yarra Valley delights. It's a relaxed space, with lots of natural timber and a plethora of seating options, lending itself to wine-tasting fly-bys and long, lazy lunches alike.

A whopping, 15-metre stone bar boasts copper wine taps and a KeyKeg system, which means you can sample most varietals by the glass, by the share-friendly carafe or as part of a tasting paddle. There's plenty of local love on display, too, with liquid treats from the likes of Hargreaves Hill Brewery, Four Pillars Gin and Allpress Coffee balancing out all that wine.

Meanwhile, an all-day menu is geared for sharing, running from grazing boards and a trio of paella dishes, to classically styled pizzas, fresh from the shiny new Marana Forni pizza oven.

Innocent Bystander is open from 10am to 10pm, seven days a week. Find them at 334 Maroondah Highway, Healesville.

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