Relais & Chateaux Property Spotlight: The Louise

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Charles McDiarmid
By Charles McDiarmid, Owner & Maître de Maison
Newsletters25 January 2020


A holiday experience encompassing the best wine and culinary tourism Australia has to offer—prepare yourself for a captivating stay!

Perched on the Marananga hilltop in the Barossa Valley, just northeast of Adelaide, The Louise is nested in an area renowned for its wine-making and soft, rolling landscape. The beautiful countryside roads are perfect for winding through the region by bicycle or car. Bring your camera! You’ll surely want to stop around every corner for photos of the wonderful scenery or wildlife—kangaroos are abundant here!

Formerly known as The Hermitage in Marananga or Peppers Hermitage, The Louise is a perfectly curated destination with sophisticated design and a superlative focus on food and wine. Owners, Jim and Helen Carreker, bought the property in 2005 after investing ten years of research into finding the right place to bring their vision of hospitality to life, one with a cellar of hand-selected vintages and varietals and stylish private accommodations.

With over a hundred wineries (and over 600 growers), the Barossa Valley is the undisputed wine capital of the Australian continent. The Louise itself is a vineyard, which amplifies the exceptional culinary experience provided. “Locally sourced, seasonally picked and responsibly prepared” with each plate expressing an “affection for produce and place,” the dining at Appellation and three75—the two dining venues at The Louise—is simply exquisite. We suggest you bring an appetite! Working with produce from their farm kitchen and local purveyors, Chef Daniel Murphy’s kitchen team uses the best ingredients to create a tantalizing menu of house-made delights. Even the sparkling water is fresh and local—they carbonate filtered rainwater collected onsite!

Intended to cultivate an intimate experience, the privacy of the accommodations are guaranteed to give you some time to slow down. Between picnics in the vineyard, wine tastings and indulgent tasting menus, you can find some rest and relaxation by the pool, go for a healthy sweat in the sauna or take a tour of the vineyard or entire region.

To note, our hearts go out to all those—areas, people, wildlife, wild areas—in Australia affected by the ongoing fires over the past months. We are happy to know this region has been spared and are able to offer The Louise as a recommended destination for your holidays.

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