Food and wine play the starring role at this pretty vineyard retreat.
Resting on a tranquil hilltop, surrounded by verdant vineyards just an hour from Adelaide, The Louise is arguably the most luxurious retreat in the heart of South Australia's Barossa Valley, a wine-growing region boasting some of the oldest vines in the world. Exclusivity is ensured with only 15 suites, each featuring contemporary furnishings, spacious bathrooms with spa tubs and dual rain showers, king-size beds with fine linens and private courtyards. Other amenities include digital TVs and DVDs, fully-stocked mini-bars, heated towel rails and welcome gifts of tawny port, house-made cookies and fresh fruit. Some suites are also outfitted with outdoor showers and fireplaces.
Modeled after unique hospitality venues in France and Napa Valley,California, The Louise aims the spotlight on its destination restaurant and cultivated cellar, with the idea that luxurious accommodation plays a supporting role to the food and wine. The property's award-winning restaurant, Appellation, helmed by executive chef Ryan Edwards, features a menu of fresh seasonal fare from local producers and Appellation's own kitchen garden, as well as a signature wine flight tasting menu paired with a selection of distinctive Barossa wines.
In addition to bringing the flavors of the Barossa Valley to its guests, The Louise also serves as a relaxing base from which to explore the many prestigious wineries in the area. As for the grounds of the retreat, there is a small swimming pool, intriguing bespoke artwork including sculptures and water features, and plenty of space in which to unwind.