A sunny afternoon after church, some of the girls and I decided to head to Innocent Bystanders Winery in the Yarra Valley for lunch.
The drive there was scenic – the green vineyards, the mountain ranges blending into the sky….which was all enjoyable until I realised. Rookie error (#1) committed. Completely slipped my mind to check the fuel level (I used to want to be a pilot when I was growing up, luckily for passengers all around the world I abandoned this dream).
Soon those nice views turned into ‘geez we really are in the middle of nowhere’. I willed my little car onwards, ”come on little Golf, you can do it!!”. We were almost at the 0 notch, but thankfully, we reached Healesville and swung into the first servo we could see.
Rookie error (# 2) – wearing a dress on a super windy day. Thought I’d put on a nice new summer dress but did not factor in the weather – so as I was walking to pay, a huge gust of wind completely flipped my dress upwards, resulting in me flashing the guy behind me who had front row tickets to this show.
Wishful thinking was that I looked like this….
...but in reality, I probably looked more like this:
Innocent Bystanders are winemakers with a restaurant in the middle of Healesville (Innocent Bystanders Cellar Door). It’s a great large space with a separate area for the wine production, bakery, open kitchen and coffee roasting area.
We got drinks on the house because we had to wait 15 minutes – no complaints here!
I had the Innocent Bystanders moscato (perfect summer drink), while my friend had the moscato granita (even better summer drink).
Lunch options range from wood fired pizzas to your mains and I was lured by the duck confit with honey roasted pear, endive and walnut salad – delicious.
My friends ordered a few wood fired pizzas and the bbq pork shoulder, equally as delicious (though I think my friend won with the pork shoulder).
They have some good deals on the 6 pack of moscato (which come in cute 375mL bottles), so I took some home to break out on another hot day. You can also do some wine tasting for $10, but this is refundable if you buy something from their Giant Steps range.
Well actually didn’t wait too long to crack a few bottles open that same night because we had a Chinese New Year dinner (round 3!) with family and family friends.
Eat/Drink: Innocent Bystanders, 336 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777. http://www.innocentbystander.com.au/