Giant Steps

Victoria | Yarra Valley

James' Review

In May 2016 the sale by Giant Steps of the Innocent Bystander brand and stock was completed. The former Innocent Bystander restaurant and shop has been substantially remodelled to put the focus on the high quality, single vineyard, single varietal wines in what is demonstrably a very distinguished portfolio. Its vineyard resources comprise the Sexton Vineyard (32ha) in the Lower Yarra and Applejack Vineyard (13ha) in the Upper Yarra; there is also the Primavera Vineyard in the Upper Yarra under long-term supervised contract, and Tarraford Vineyard in the Lower Yarra under long-term lease. Exports to the UK, the US and other major markets.

About

Giant Steps was established in 1997 when Phil Sexton planted the Sexton Vineyard on the North face of the Warramate Hills, Parish of Gruyere in the Southern Yarra Valley. The first vintage was 2001 (the only time the winery has used cork) and in 2003, Phil was joined by Chief Winemaker Steve Flamsteed.

The same year, Giant Steps leased the Tarraford Vineyard, Parish of Tarrawarra in the Central Yarra Valley, from the Long family; a relationship that continues to this day. In 2006 Giant Steps constructed a new gravity flow winery in the centre of Healesville and welcomed visitors into their facilities for tasting experiences and sales. In 2007 Giant Steps acquired the Applejack Vineyard, Gladysdale in the Upper Yarra Valley from viticulturalist Ray Guerin. Ray’s son Mark Guerin continues to Manage Applejack to this day.

Between 2008 and 2014 Giant Steps has entered cooperative viticultural arrangements with Lou Primavera and his family growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Primavera Vineyard, Gladysdale Upper Yarra Valley, William Dong and his family at Wombat Creek Vineyard, Gladysdale Upper Yarra Valley, Pinot Noir from the Nocton Vineyard in the Coal River Valley, Tasmania and the Thompson Family, at the organic certified Tosq Vineyard, Cromwell, Central Otago New Zealand. Since 2003 Giant Steps wines have collectively been awarded 27 trophies and over 95 gold medals at major international and domestic wine shows and has been named one of the Top 100 Wineries in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine, US for each of the last six years and since 2018, has invited to join the Wine Spectator Grand Tour (USA)

Specialities

Chardonnay and pinot noir.

Cellar Door

Information

Making wine is often done in hidden sheds in distant wineries. That’s not how we do it. We like our winemaking as transparent as the big glass wall between our winery and cellar door.

There are several options for tasting:

YARRA VALLEY - A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE Try our Giant Steps Yarra Valley range drawn from estate vineyards and learn about the climatic, soil and varietal influences that define our region. Bookings are recommended for groups over 6. Make a booking here $5 per person. Price is refundable on any take home purchase of a Giant Steps wine*.

SINGLE VINEYARD - WHAT WE DO BEST One of our wine passionate team will take you through a tasting of our Yarra Valley single vineyard wines and the altitude, soil and exposure differences between each site. Bookings are recommended for groups over 6. Make a booking here $15 per person. Price is refundable on any take home purchase of a Giant Steps wine*.

Hours

Mon - Wed 11.00 am to 5.00 pm, Thurs - Sat 11.00 am to late, Sunday 11.00 am - 6.00 pm

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details

Food

Information

Giant Steps is an award winning winery. A winery with great wine, a cellar door offering an interesting and educational wine experience, stories of our single vineyards, and a small selection of dishes based on fresh, local produce.

Our cellar door is open 7 days from 11am – 7pm for wine tastings and all day grazing. Friday and Saturday evenings will see our menu complimented by a few specials featuring beautiful, seasonal produce sourced locally.

Hours

Mon - Wed 11.00 am to 5.00 pm, Thurs - Sat 11.00 am to late, Sunday 11.00 am - 6.00 pm

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details

Stockist Information

Distribution Information

Giant Steps wines are distributed nationally by Red&White (1300 780 074) and are readily available from selected retailers nationwide.

Details

Giant Steps logo
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Winemaker Phil Sexton, Steve Flamsteed, Tony Fikkers.
Established 1997
Dozens 20 000
Vineyards (area) 60 ha
Opening Hours Mon - Wed 11.00 am to 5.00 pm, Thurs - Sat 11.00 am to late, Sunday 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Address 336 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, Vic 3777
Telephone (03) 5962 6111
Website www.giantstepswine.com.au