Wine Down Pop Up returns

A unique vineyard escape is now available at three of Victoria’s premier wineries, with the much anticipated return of Wine Down Pop Up.

The limited time activation sees beautifully crafted eco-luxury pods by Contained move across three popular wine regions from March to May 2020: the Yarra Valley (Seville Estate), Mornington Peninsula (Montalto) and Rutherglen (All Saints Estate).

A third pod, brand new for 2020 and available to all winery visitors will house an immersive wine bar showcasing Victorian wines and produce via a bespoke virtual reality experience. Visitors can book a session, or simply drop in, to engage their senses with regional Victoria in an entirely new way.

As part of the VR session, guests will 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.

But the most difficult part is choosing which winery to visit!

The boutique stay will open at stunning Seville Estate in the Upper Yarra Valley from February 28 to March 28. Located just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Seville Estate is surrounded by award-winning wineries such as Oakridge Wines and Tarra Warra Estate, where visitors can also indulge their creative sides at the Tarra Warra Museum of Art. Foodies can tuck into a meal at new restaurant, Heartswood from Matt Binney (former head chef at Merricote) or relax in the leafy surrounds of Coombe. Splash out with a morning above the valley with Global Ballooning or stay grounded with a bike rental from Cog Cafe on the Warburton Trail.

The pop up hotel will move to Montalto in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula on Victoria’s Pinot Coast from April 3 to May 2. Visitors can meander through the Montalto Sculpture Trail or soothe the body and soul at Peninsula Hot Springs, before refuelling at one of the region’s many hatted restaurants: the recently reopened Ten Minutes By Tractor is a must for special occasions, whereas Rare Hare at Jackalope provides a slightly more casual, convivial atmosphere.

The third and final location for the temporary retreat will be the family owned All Saints Estate, from May 8 to June 7. Located in historic Rutherglen, famous for its Muscat, lodgers will have countless activities to choose from such as private tastings, a picnic by the duck pond or a leisurely stroll to St Leonards vineyard. Tuck into local produce at the Pickled Sisters cafe and while away the afternoon with a gentle ‘Pedal to Produce‘ cycle tour of the region. BYO basket as there’s plenty of delicious treats to collect along the way.

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