Victoria might be one of Australia’s smallest states, but its 600 or so cellar doors make it one of the country’s most popular with wine drinkers.
If you’re not sure which of the many wineries to add to your hit list, perhaps a boutique pop-up hotel room in a converted shipping container could help you decide.
From February until June, the Wine Down eco-hotel will again visit three Victorian wineries, so you can wake up among the vines in the Yarra Valley, on the Mornington Peninsula or at Rutherglen.
This year, for the first time, the two accommodation shipping containers will be accompanied by a third container with a wine bar fitted with virtual-reality technology, so visitors can explore Victoria’s many wine regions – not just the one they’re staying in. There’ll also be real-life wine from across the state to try, plus paired snacks.
The long sides of the containers have sliding glass doors that open onto private sheltered decks, where guests can take in the vineyard views and dig into their complimentary breakfast hampers. There’s also a hot tub and reverse-cycle heating.
The folks at Contained are behind the pop-up hotel, which exclusively uses solar power. Stays also include use of an electric BMW i3 to explore each region.
First stop is Seville Estate in the upper Yarra Valley (just over an hour from Melbourne) for one month from February 28. Then the pop-up moves to the Mornington Peninusla’s Montalto (which has its own sculpture park) in April, then All Saints Estate in Rutherglen for the final leg in May and June.
The cost is $275 per night from Sunday to Thursday, and $375 per night from Friday to Saturday.
The Wine Down Pop-Up Hotel is bookable from February 28 to March 28 at Seville Estate, April 3 to May 2 at Montalto, and May 8 to June 7 at All Saints Estate.