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Friday 14 August 2015

The hippest little cellar door bar in the Yarra Valley

It is just across the road from the Healesville Hotel and Barrique Wine Store, and directly opposite the funkiest public toilet block in Victoria. 

Mac Forbes, one of the Yarra Valley's most innovative winemakers, earlier this year opened a new tasting facility in the heart of Healesville.

The Graceburn Wine Room is part cellar door, part wine bar, part funky place to hang out with cool kids and even cooler wines. 

“Given we don't have a cellar door at the winery we decided to open Graceburn to be able to share this personal experience with those who enjoy our wines.” Forbes said.

“Graceburn is the Mac Forbes tasting room but hopefully offers a lot more than a standard cellar door. 

"We are very excited to offer a range of back vintage wines, an amazing selection of specialty teas (with many parallels to our own wines) and a small list of 'friends' wines that come from persons that have been connected with our journey to date."

So think experimental batch wines from Forbes himself, under the EB label, and snacks that range from squid ink salami to anchovies and other seafood, charcuterie, cheese platters, pork and chicken liver terrines and toasties. 

The wines on offer are wines for enjoying rather than pontificating about. And they are available by the glass, bottle or flight.

It's hipster and happening. I loved it.  

The Graceburn Wine Room is at 11a Green Street, Healesville. It is open noon-7pm Sunday, Monday and Thursday and 11am-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.