Innocent Bystander

Victoria | Yarra Valley

Our Review

Brown Brothers bought the Innocent Bystander brand (including Mea Culpa) from Giant Steps in ’16, relocating the cellar door next door in the old White Rabbit Brewery site. Its business is in 2 completely different wine categories, both fitting neatly together. On one hand is the big volume of vintage moscato, the grapes coming from the King Valley; and non vintage prosecco, similarly sourced. The other side of the business is the premium, high-quality Yarra Valley single varietal wines with substantial brand value. -JAMES HALLIDAY


Chardonnay, pinot noir

Cellar Door


At Innocent Bystander's urban cellar door, wines are served fresh from temperature-controlled, 100% recyclable kegs; it’s the same wine as in the bottles, just served from fancy copper taps. Choose your own wine adventure by selecting five of your favourite wines and have one of their resident wine experts take you through the range, or if you’re rolling in with a party of 10+, they’ll get you seated in their wine lounge (subject to availability) for a guided tasting experience; $5 tastings, cost redeemable on takeaways. Bookings essential for dine-in but walk-ins welcome (when available). Please note: 10% surcharge applies on Sundays; 15% surcharge applies on public holidays.


Sun–Tue 11–9, Wed–Thurs 11–4, Fri–Sat 11–10

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Innocent Bystander is an urban cellar door, restaurant and bar all wrapped in one. Their wines are best enjoyed with good company and great food, so they crafted their menu with sharing in mind. Created using fresh local Yarra Valley ingredients and inspired by classic dishes they love, enjoy delicious wine alongside local produce, artisan pizza and tasty paella.


Modern Australian


Sun–Tues 11.30–8, Wed–Thurs 11.30–3, Fri–Sat 11.30–8.30

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Stockist Information

Distribution Information

Innocent Bystander is distributed nationally by:
Fine Wine Partners
Ph: 1300 668 712
Fax: 1300 668 512

Giant Steps is distributed nationally by:
Ph: 1300 780 074
Fax: 1300 780 076

International Sales Information

Exports to the UK, the US and other major markets.


Innocent Bystander wines are available at the cellar door, and leading liquor retailers nationally.


Innocent Bystander Winemakers
Winemaker Joel Tilbrook, Cate Looney, Geoff Alexander, Tom Canning
Region Yarra Valley
Address 316 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, Vic 3777
Established 1997
Dozens 49 000
Vineyards (area) 45 ha
Opening Hours Sun–Tue 11–9, Wed–Thurs 11–4, Fri–Sat 11–10
Telephone (03) 5999 9222
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