In the Barossa, the famous wine region an hour’s drive north of Adelaide, you’ll find The Louise, a hotel nestled in the heart of the region. Deep spa tubs can be found in the suites, and the spacious gated courtyard and secluded rear terrace provide uninterrupted views of the world-class vineyards.
The Louise houses the award-winning Appellation restaurant, which prides itself on sourcing 85% of its ingredients from the Barossa. You can blend your own wine in the valley, bottled for you to take home, and The Louise’s chefs will also put together a dish to match your creation.
At 160 year-old Seppeltsfield estate, close to The Louise, you can learn about the Seppelt family, tour the blending cellar and distillery and do a private tasting. Fino restaurant is based in the original bottling hall, and features furniture and cutlery made by the craftsmen at the Jam Factory, also on site.
FermentAsian, also in the region, specialises in modern Vietnamese food and grows much of its own produce. Owned by chef Tuoi Do, the restaurant has won several food and wine awards since opening in 2010.
Heading a few hours further north, you’ll find Arkaba private wildlife conservancy in the stunning Flinders Ranges, the state’s largest mountain range. Here, you can do the beautiful four-day Arkaba Walk, starting in the basin of Wilpena Pound and staying in the luxury Arkaba Homestead for a night, and sleeping out on a ‘star bed’ for two nights.
In their own words, you can ‘relax in spacious comfort, experience pure indulgent luxury and sophisticated contemporary design whilst surrounded by picturesque natural vineyard landscapes. A stay at The Louise nourishes the senses and enlivens the spirit.’