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Two Shipping Container Hotels Are Popping Up in Victoria's Wine Country This Autumn

The Wine Down Pop-Up Hotel eco pods will make appearances in King Valley, South Gippsland and Macedon.
By Libby Curran
March 15, 2019
By Libby Curran
March 15, 2019

The days are getting crisper, summer holidays are done and dusted, and cosy weekend getaways are likely already on your mind. Happily, this year brings a cracking new regional Victorian accomodation option, with the soon-to-launch Wine Down Pop-Up Hotel.

The two beautifully upcycled shipping container hotels are the work of Contained — known for crafting bars, restaurants, offices and hotels out of shipping containers — and are all at once comfy, luxuriously appointed and sustainably crafted. And they'll soon be well-travelled, moving across three of the state's best-loved wine regions between April and July.

Designed to inspire some weekend adventures in your own backyard, the pop-up eco hotel will be making its home in pinot noir country at South Gippsland's Waratah Hills Vineyard (April 3–28), before a stint in King Valley at the family-run Dal Zotto Wines, producers of some of Australia's first prosecco (May 6 to June 2). It'll wrap things up at picturesque Macedon spot, Mount Towrong Vineyard (June 7 to July 7).

Mount Towrong.

Nestled among the vines, the self-contained Wine Down retreats come kitted out with a swag of high-end trimmings, boasting a plush queen-size bed with primo Cultiver linen, full bathroom stocked with Hunter Lab toiletries, a locally focused minibar, breakfast and your very own hot tub.

Guests will also get to indulge in a private onsite wine tasting experience and a bottle of the property's finest vino. And if you really want to live it up, there are optional add-ons like gourmet picnic hampers, or a guided yoga session among the vines.

The Wine Down Pop-Up Hotel is heading to South Gippsland from April 3–28, King Valley from May 6–June 2, and Macedon from June 7–July 7. Prices start at $275 per night from Sundays through Thursdays and booking are now open via

Images: Daniel John Bilsborough and Jiwon Kim.

Published on March 15, 2019 by Libby Curran
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