Winemaking

Making the wines we love to drink and share

From the Yarra Valley and beyond

The Yarra Valley is our home and where it all began for Innocent Bystander. It has a wine history that dates back well over 100 years, however it’s reputation has been cemented in the last 15 years, largely thanks to the fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced here. It’s the soils, climate and the combination of cool mountainside vineyards and warmer, valley floor sites that provide the diversity and complexity of flavours and aromas that make our Yarra Valley wines so spectacular.

While we’re at home in the valley we also love a few styles of wine that don’t grow so well around here. When that happens we look elsewhere to get the best grapes we can. That means we get to make fresh, bright King Valley Prosecco and luscious Swan Hill Moscato as well as taking juicy parcels of Tempranillo from Heathcote and zesty King Valley Pinot Gris.

Making Great Wines

Our wines are approachable characters; smooth? Yes, bright? Sometimes, uncouth? Never!

Our winemaking philosophy is simple, take the fantastic grapes we’ve harvested and let their exceptional qualities mature through careful nurturing. So, what does that mean in the winery? Well, that depends on the wine, our reds are treated to gentle fermentations in open top fermenters, this might include a portion of whole bunch or wild yeast ferment. Our whites may be pampered with a relaxing spell in mature oak and gentle lees stirring to really show their depth of character.

The bottom line, we don’t over work the wines, we treat them gently to ensure their bright fruit characters shine through on a long, smooth palate. There’s a bit more detail about each wine here or swing by our bar and we can tell you all about them.

Our Wines


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