Victoria’s most famous wine region is getting a new 33-room designer hotel.

Levantine Hill Estate in the picturesque Yarra Valley has received the green light for a massive $20 million development, set to be completed in 2024. (Plus, plans for another 47-room lodge are already underway.)

In contrast with the existing Levantine Hill structure, which is all black steel and dramatic curvature, the new lodge will be organic and earthen, with a design by acclaimed Melbourne-born architecture firm Fender Katsalidis (behind Hobart’s Mona).

Simple but elegant, the two-storey structure will be made up of materials such as untreated silvertop ash (as in the existing cellar door), along with exposed concrete finishes.

“The raw, natural elements and finishes will weather naturally and patina elegantly with age in harmony with the environment,” said designer Karl Fender in a statement. “This will bring simple elements together in a seamless and organic way.”

Guests will have their own circular spa baths and private balconies (to take in stunning mountain and valley views) and there’ll be a bridal suite with its own cellar and bar.

The luxury hotel will be a short walk from the existing Levantine Hill buildings, connected by the Village Green, a helicopter-landing area located within a landscaped network of pathways and integrated sculpture. The helicopter experience, which we road-tested in 2020 is well worth splashing out on to see the estate in all its glory.

Levantine Hill Estate’s hotel is set for completion in 2024.