After the sale of Innocent Bystander Wines, wine maker Phil sexton wanted to transform the casual eatery that housed that brand into an environment of fine dining that reflected his high-end label Giant Steps. The space needed not only to house a refined dining experience, but also act as a cellar door with a tasting room and retail area. Bergman and Co transformed the space from a vast, loud, exposed food hall, into a place for luxurious, intimate and refined dining by creating intimacy and elegance through beautifully tailored joinery such as the curvaceous screening and sumptuous banquette seating, bespoke feature lighting and a deep rich palette, of warm timbers, soft leathers and exquisite stone.
Located in the Yarra Valley wine region Healesville Vic, Giant Steps, awakens exploration of the senses by creating multiple dining and wine tasting experiences that reflect the winery / restaurant offerings. Each destination offers intimacy, privacy with a peep show beyond. Integrated into the design is a well curated space that responds to the needs of the staff, ensuring ease of maintenance and seamless customer service. It is all about the experience of wine in all its glory and bespoke design responding to the key elements.
Photography – Tom Ross