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 is famous for its moscato, but there were other wines for sale too
Various other local produce for sale
Artisan breads available to purchase to take home
My choice of drink and favourite pear cider, Napoleone & Co
Pizza making action
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
White bean moussaka with Meredith sheep’s yoghurt $21
Outside White Rabbit Brewery
Inside White Rabbit Brewery
Wines, wines and more wines inside Punt Road Winery
The serene back garden of St Hubert’s Winery
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