The Louise is an award-winning vineyard retreat encompassing acclaimed on-site restaurant, Appellation. It is set atop a gentle hill with views across Australia’s most famous wine region, the Barossa Valley.
The 15-suite retreat offers absolute luxury, inspired design, extensive private space and individual terraces overlooking the adjacent vineyards. It has twice been named the top luxury accommodation in Australia.
Appellation restaurant is headed up by Executive Chef, Ryan Edwards. The 48-seat dining experience is celebrated for its signature 10-course Wine Flight Tasting Menu and nightly à la carte menu combining fresh seasonal cuisine with a world-class wine list.
The Louise’s team is dedicated to providing a relaxing and memorable stay in this most special of wine regions – the perfect place from which to explore the 100+ wineries, the German heritage and the stunning scenery.
“The Louise in the Barossa Valley has been recognised among the most prestigious hotels on the planet in the Travel + Leisure awards.”
“It’s bold gastronomic statements like these that inspire foodies to fly in from all over Australia, Japan and the US to stay at the Louise and sample McNamara’s food. His story is a shining example of the wine and food success called Bharosa in Barossa. – MW Magazine”
The Barossa is the wine capital of Australia, home to world-famous producers including Wolf Blass, Grant Burge and Peter Lehmann. Today, it is home to over 100 wineries, with more than 60 of these hosting cellar doors.
But the Barossa (and nearby Eden Valley) is not only rich in world-beating Shiraz and Riesling – it is also rich with artisan food production combining to produce an unsurpassed breadth and depth of culinary and viticulture experience. Flavours of the seasonal produce along with traditional meats and breads abound at the local Farmer’s Market, specialist providores and on the tables of the Barossa.
Over 150 years of German settlement have left the region’s picturesque towns and villages with distinct stories and histories. Visitors will find them intimate, welcoming and rewarding.
Perfect grape-growing weather often means perfect weather for outdoor activities; diversions include hot air ballooning, golf, cycling, hiking, and wine-touring in everything from stretch limo to helicopter to trike to 1962 ex-royal Daimler!
The Barossa is the undisputed wine capital of Australia, home to more than 600 grapegrowers and 100 or more wineries. Barossa Shiraz red wines and nearby Eden Valley crisp white Rieslings are perennial international world gold medal winners. The winemaking experience may be shared at five dozen cellar doors within a few minutes walk, bike ride or drive from The Louise.
The Tailor can arrange a private guide to help you explore the many highlights of the Barossa Valley, including private visits to boutique wineries to meet the winemaker. Some guests like to blend (and label!) their own wine variety at Penfolds winery, then open it during dinner at Appellation with a specially prepared dish to match their own wine!
On-site guest amenities and services at The Louise include
Aspiring to achieve a memorable dining experience on par with the very best country luxury lodges of America, Europe, New Zealand and South Africa, Appellation celebrates the world renowned wines of its local region along with exemplary wines from around the world, paired with local, seasonal, fresh ingredients to deliver an inspired match of food and wine in a casually elegant setting.
Appellation is an intimate, candle-lit evening restaurant, ready to tempt and delight the seasoned food and wine traveller. A seasonally changing signature Wine Flight Tasting Menu sees ten dishes created to pair with seven distinctive Barossa wines. One of the ‘Top 100 Greatest Gourmet Experiences’ according to Australian Traveller Magazine, 2010.
Completely upgraded and extensively rebuilt in 2006, the property has just 15 suites offering absolute luxury and inspired design.
Arranged as two bedrooms, each with it’s own ensuite bathroom, a large common area, private entry garden courtyard and a glorious sunset-facing limestone walled rear terrace with lounges, this spacious suite is ideal for two couples travelling together or for guests requiring additional facilities to combine luxury personal travel with separate space for business.
Amenities of the Seppeltsfield Suite include a private gated courtyard with outdoor dining table for four, lounge room with fireplace, sofa, chairs and footstool, and dining table and chairs, three LCD TVs, two DVD players, two Bose Wave CD players with iPod docking station, dual spa tub, king beds with luxury linens, two writing desks, complimentary wired and wireless high speed internet access, and espresso maker and full mini-bar. Each ensuite bathroom features two basins, a separate toilet area, a walk-in indoor shower with rain-head and hand-held shower wand, and a private outdoor shower.
The main guestroom is reached via a large private gated front courtyard. Inside, the king bedded sleeping area is adjacent to a spacious heated floor ensuite with candlelit spa bath for two, LCD TV, dual vanity basins, separate toilet area, double head interior rainshower and additional private outdoor shower. A gas fireplace, large LCD TV and DVD player, BOSE Wave CD player with iPod docking station, oversize chairs and footstool complement the sleeping area. Separate spaces for luggage and wardrobe store, writing desk with complimentary wired and wireless high speed Internet connection, a mini-bar, espresso maker and dining table complete the interior. French doors open to a private shaded rear terrace with stylish relaxing lounges facing the adjacent vineyard.
The main guestroom is reached via a large private gated front courtyard. Inside, the king bedded sleeping area is adjacent to a spacious heated floor ensuite with candlelit spa bath for two, dual vanity basins, separate toilet area and double head interior rainshower. A large LCD TV and DVD player, BOSE Wave CD player and iPod docking station, oversize chairs and footstool complement the sleeping area. Separate spaces for luggage and wardrobe store, writing desk with complimentary wired and wireless high speed Internet connection, a mini-bar, espresso maker and dining table complete the interior. French doors open to a private shaded rear terrace with table and chairs facing the adjacent vineyard.
Nearest major City/Town
City – Adelaide
Scheduled or charter flights into Adelaide. A helicopter pad is located on the property.
Vehicle transfer is approximately 75 minutes from Adelaide.
The Louise is open from the end of July to June each year. Seasonal fluctuations are reflected in their rates.