Photo Sundays: A Day Trip to Yarra Valley, Victoria

by April@MyFoodTrail on October 2, 2011

in Photo Sundays, Travel, Yarra Valley

Every local has them… the favourite places you like to take visitors when they visit your hometown. The Yarra Valley is a great place to take visitors to Melbourne if they like wine and you have a day to spare. When hubby’s cousin came to Melbourne recently, his sister in law suggested a day trip with a group of us cousins to lunch at Giant Steps / Innocent Bystander Winery in Healesville, then perhaps a visit to the wineries after.

There is a restaurant at the Giant Steps / Innocent Bystander Winery, and it is right next to White Rabbit brewery and Beechworth Bakery. Unfortunately, we found the lunch at Giant Steps very disappointing. The food wasn’t very good and the service was terrible. They only allowed about an hour for a big group of us even though we had a booking, and the food was so slow to come out. As a result, they were chasing us out when we hadn’t even finished our food.

We didn’t let the experience spoil our day though and we continued to White Rabbit Brewery for a drink. We also visited Punt Road and St Hubert’s winery, and finished the day off sitting outside in the back garden at St Hubert’s drinking wine and eating cheese. It was a beautiful day!

Giant Steps Innocent Bystander - Wines for sale

Giant Steps / Innocent Bystander is famous for its moscato, but there were other wines for sale too

Giant Steps Innocent Bystander - Other produce

Various other local produce for sale

Giant Steps Innocent Bystander - Artisan breads

Artisan breads available to purchase to take home

Giant Steps Innocent Bystander - Pear Cider

My choice of drink and favourite pear cider, Napoleone & Co

Giant Steps Innocent Bystander - Pizza making action

Pizza making action

Giant Steps Innocent Bystander - Mushroom pizza, four cheeses pizza

Roast mushroom, ricotta salata, white truffle oil, garlic & parsley pizza $21, and in the background, four cheese pizza – fontina, tallegio, buffalo mozzarella & cravero parmesan & roast garlic $23

Giant Steps Innocent Bystander - White bean moussaka

White bean moussaka with Meredith sheep’s yoghurt $21

White Rabbit Brewery, Healesville

Outside White Rabbit Brewery

White Rabbit Brewery, Healesville - Inside

Inside White Rabbit Brewery

Punt Road Winery, Yarra Valley

Wines, wines and more wines inside Punt Road Winery

St Hubert's Winery, Yarra Valley

The serene back garden of St Hubert’s Winery

St Hubert's Winery, Yarra Valley 2

Drinking beautiful wine and eating cheese with great company as the sun sets

If you are looking for customisable, private wine tours of the Yarra Valley, check out Wine Compass.

Over & Out, April xx

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Winston - The Hungry Excavator October 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Oh myyyy… It’s like you’ve ordered two of my fav kinds of pizza on earth! Quattro formaggi and mushrooms pizza with WHITE truffle oil. Looks delicious, April! It looked like you couldn’t ask for a better weather too. What a nice getaway, it seems! =D

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm

It’s always nice to be blessed with great weather when making a day trip out into the country. Lucky the weather is warming up making it the perfect time to explore more of Victoria!

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Michelle chin October 3, 2011 at 7:49 am

The scenery looks really really nice!

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Lucky it was good weather so we could take photos. Scenery photos always look good in the time when the sun is slowly setting.

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Hannah October 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

How gorgeous! And the moussaka looks truly lovely 🙂

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I guess I shouldn’t spoil the vision impression of the moussaka by telling you it was probably one of the worst moussakas I have ever tried! It was bland and not pleasant to eat!

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msihua October 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I bought a 6 pack of that Moscato during the Taste of melbourne! Now to get down and happy 🙂

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:07 pm

If you need any help… 😛

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mademoiselle délicieuse October 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Isn’t it funny how we have these beautiful places in our own cities/states that we never seem to get to ourselves save for when we have visitors? More time needed for exploring and less devoted to work, I say =p

And look at those long shadows around the picnic bench – relaxation bliss!

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Yes, I totally agree! I think it is more fun going with visitors though… it’s almost like you can be a tourist too!

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Iron Chef Shellie October 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Love love love the Yarra Valley. Hoping to get out there again this month 🙂

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Look forward to your posts then!

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penny aka jeroxie October 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I love PUNT ROAD!

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Their ciders are the best!

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Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne October 7, 2011 at 8:58 am

Ooh April, I LOVE the pizza at Giant Steps, but I never got to try the moscato I brought back – mum found it in my pantry and polished it off. She’s not (that) alcoholic, so I’m guessing it was pretty good 😉

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I guess that means you’ll have to go again and this time, hide the moscato better hehe 🙂

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