The Louise Barossa Valley review: retreating to the Barossa

The Louise

The Louise Barossa Valley is one of the best luxury vineyard retreats the Barossa Valley has to offer, writes Craig Donaldson

The Louise Barossa Valley is a luxury vineyard retreat located in the heart of South Australia’s wine territory. A one-hour drive from Adelaide, the retreat is set atop a gentle hill and overlooks hundreds of acres of vines. The Barossa is home to more than 80 cellar doors as well as 50-plus small producers, and The Louise is surrounded by many outstanding wine makers and producers including Jacob’s Creek, Seppeltsfield Winery and Rockford Wines.

The owners of The Louise Barossa Valley, Jim and Helen Carreker, spent many years travelling to world-renowned vineyard retreats in France, Spain and Portugal as well as their then local Napa and Sonoma Valley areas of California. After 10 years of research they ultimately settled on the Barossa Valley as the home for The Louise, and modelled it after many highly regarded hospitality venues in which the primary destination is the restaurant and its carefully developed cellar, while luxurious accommodation plays a supportive and complementary role.

The Louise Barossa Valley, a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, features just 15 suites – each of which comes with a king bed, spa tub, dual rain showers, complimentary wireless internet, Bose sound system and espresso maker. Premium suites have an outdoor rain shower, courtyard with water feature, terrace, sunning lounges and gas log fireplace. South Australia is home to many world class artists, and original artworks and glass pieces are featured in suites and throughout the property.

“The Louise is also an ideal private business retreat for corporate getaways, teambuilding events or executive retreats”

Guests can also enjoy dining at co-located restaurant Appellation, which is frequently named as the top South Australia restaurant in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. Executive Chef Ryan Edwards and his team believe that eating locally is first and foremost about superior freshness and flavour, and much of what appears on Appellation’s menu each evening is from Appellation’s own kitchen garden. Appellation’s wine list is an impressive selection of iconic Barossa wines, representing established masters, emerging talent and boutique artisans, and Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine has awarded the restaurant’s wine list South Australia’s Wine List of the Year for the past seven years.

The Louise Barossa Valley is also an ideal private business retreat for corporate getaways, teambuilding events or executive retreats. A dedicated 70 square metre conference room with quality audiovisual equipment, a separate courtyard forecourt entrance and a private vineyard-facing adjacent break-out terrace combine to provide a great venue for small group gatherings. Also available is a professional executive boardroom, which is a flexible facility sized for small groups of up to two dozen delegates, and features a gated private arrival courtyard, meeting room and shaded outdoor vineyard-view luncheon terrace and break-out space.

Furthermore, The Louise Barossa Valley offers a range of group experiences and has established relationships in place with many outstanding and unique wineries and local producers. From one-on-one food and wine masterclasses through to private lunches and tastings with artisan winemakers or a vineyard walk followed by a chat in front of a fire in a winemaker’s barn, The Louise can tailor-make authentic wine experiences for corporate and incentive guests.