Sleep among the vines at Victoria’s best wineries

Victoria is calling all wine-lovers to come and sleep among the vineyards of the state’s best wineries as Wine Down Pop Up makes its anticipated 2020 return.

From March through to May, two beautifully crafted eco-luxury pods transformed from old shipping containers will travel across the countryside offering a bespoke stay in the heart of the Yarra Valley (Seville Estate), Mornington Peninsula (Montalto) or Rutherglen (All Saints Estate).  

Those lucky enough to secure an overnight stay can forget about the hassle driving home after a wine tasting and instead enjoy the luxuries of a boutique hotel room. Each pod has been designed with high-end finishes, luxuriously soft robes and bed linen, a private deck, and a minibar stocked with regional produce. In the morning, you’ll wake up among the vines – hopefully without a headache – and be treated to a delightful breakfast hamper. 

Better yet, you can leave feeling guilt-free as the Wine Down Pop Up experience is designed to have zero impact on the environment and be powered by a solar energy generator.

Engage your sense in an entirely new way

This year, a third pod will also be on the site and transformed into an immersive wine bar showcasing Victorian wines and produce via a bespoke virtual reality experience. This exclusive bar will be open to all winery visitors who can either book a session or simply drop-in to engage their senses with wine in an entirely new way. 

The VR sessions will see guests sample wines and matched foods from each of Victoria’s newly framed hero wine regions, which include the Pinot Coast (Geelong & Bellarine Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland), Shiraz Central (Heathcote, Pyrenees, Grampians, Bendigo, Ballarat, Macedon Ranges and Goulburn Valley), King Valley Prosecco Road, Muscat of Rutherglen and Yarra Valley. 

Victoria Winery experience: Wine Down Pop Up
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The boutique stays will begin at the tunning Seville Estate in the Upper Yarra Valley from February 28 to March 28. The pop-up hotel will then move to Montalto in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula from April 3 to May 2. Followed by a stop at the family-owned All Saints Estate, from May 8 to June 7. Each tempory location comes with its own unique experiences so it’s up to guests to pick which one they like best.

With recent bushfires in regional Victoria, now more than ever is a great time to book that romantic holiday away and explore these regions. A short stay goes a long way. 

Rates start at $275 per night for Sunday – Thursday and $375 per night for Friday and Saturday.

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