Destination

A leisurely hour’s drive northeast (70 kilometres or 37 miles) of South Australia’s capital city Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is recognised around the world as one of the nation’s premier wine regions – made famous by its old-vine shiraz vintages and home to grand estates steeped in history alongside smaller cellar-door only wineries ripe for discovery. Today, the Barossa is a food and wine haven, with its European settler heritage combining with new traditions in a warm and welcoming community. How do I get there?

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The Barossa

The seasonally changing colours of the Barossa create a vibrant patchwork made up of gently undulating hills with rolling vineyards, farms, pastoral land and forests quilting the countryside. Golden sunlight falls across the landscape, creating a relaxed and gentrified atmosphere that pairs perfectly with long al fresco lunches enjoyed with wine and friends or a loved one.

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Unforgettable encounters

With The Louise as luxury base, guests make their way between cellar doors, restaurants, farmers markets and art galleries. Visitors can float over the patchwork landscape in a hot air balloon, enjoy a sunrise picnic breakfast with ‘the locals’ or try being winemaker for a day on a behind-the-scenes experience.

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Breakfast with the Roos

Breakfast and an up-close encounter with the ‘locals’ is a wonderful way to start the day in the Barossa. Kangaroos are often spotted hopping between vineyards, or in the pristine surrounding bushland.

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Seppeltsfield

The historic Seppeltsfield estate is home to the world’s largest collection of fortified wine dating back to 1878, and offers guests the chance to taste their birth year wine direct from the barrel.

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Izway Wines

Izway winemaker Craig Isbel describes his approach to viticulture as ‘bucket chemistry’. Join Craig on a personal tour of some of the valley’s prized vineyards during the very busy harvest season.

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Farmers Market

Running each Saturday for around 150 years, the Barossa Farmers Market has been a weekly gathering for the community and visitors to meet local producers, ensuring food is seasonal and singing fresh.

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Coast and Co

Local bespoke tour operator Coast and Co specialises in an enviable combination of gin, whiskey, wine, nature and tourism, delivering personally tailored luxury safaris across the Barossa.

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Henschke

The Henschke Hill of Grace Experience offers guests at The Louise exclusive access to one of Australia’s most revered vineyards, Hill of Grace. A tour of the working winery and private tasting is included.

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Two Hands

Two Hands Wines invites guests at The Louise on a private, personalised experience of tasting the acclaimed single vineyard wines in situ, in the very vineyards from which they were produced.

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Casa Carboni

Translating as ‘our home’, Casa Carboni is an Italian Cooking School and Enoteca in the beautiful Barossan town of Angaston, operating since 2012 by Italian chef Matteo Carboni and his Australian wife Fiona.

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Barossa Wellness

Surrounded by sundrenched vineyards and golden farmlands, The Louise is an ideal location for a wellness retreat. The Louise partners with local company Barossa Beauty to offer spa care and wellness activities.

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Artists & Makers

For generations, the close-knit Barossa community has fostered the success of its artists and artisan makers, musicians and writers. Cultural centres and galleries including the nearby JamFactory host exhibitions by local artists and creatives.

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Vasse Virgin

Set within the picturesque grounds of Seppeltsfield, Vasse Virgin is a skin and spa care company using Barossa botanicals for a natural beauty product range. Workshops offer guests a chance to make their own.

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Yalumba

One of Australia’s best known wine labels, Yalumba, has its heart in the Barossa Valley. The historic, family-owned winery features tastings, tours and events. At The Louise, The Signature Tour is a popular choice for guests.

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European
heritage

The Barossa region, with its Mediterranean climate and familiar landscape, was a popular destination for European settlers, establishing a rich heritage and real blend of Australian and European cultures over time. The Barossa Valley was first settled by German Lutherans in 1842 and German language, culture and cuisine is very much at the heart of the Barossa community.

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Community

Close-knit
community

The people who live, work and create in the Barossa make up a rich, diverse and close-knit tapestry that makes the region such a warm and rewarding place to visit. The community works together, supporting each other and working with each other’s produce for shared benefit. Chefs and artists work alongside food producers, winemakers and specialist tour operators, creating a community of thriving personally owned, small businesses.

Local flavours

A taste of
the Barossa

Aside from its range of wines, the Barossa is renowned for its gourmet foods – often sustainably grown, with small-scale producers embracing the artisan techniques of their European and English forebears to create specialty goods which are a delight in everyday menus. A visit to the Barossa Markets each Saturday reveals goodies including small goods and preserves, organic milks, yoghurts and cheeses and singing fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. Read about our Dining Philosophy.

Protecting our vineyards

The Barossa Valley is home to some of the world’s most treasured grapevines including the earth’s oldest, continuously producing Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon vineyards. Today, visitors’ shoes, clothing and car tyres can spread diseases, including phylloxera.

These pests could devastate the Barossa’s ancient vineyards and the broader wine growing region. Protecting the Barossa’s vines and its heritage is simple and a vital cause for us all to own: please don’t walk, ride or drive amongst the vines. Cheers to that!

Barossa Valley Seasons

A Mediterranean climate best describes weather in the Barossa, with its warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters ideal for viticulture as well as fruit and vegetable and livestock farming. Its warm sunshine makes its viticultural temperature slightly warmer than wines regions Bordeaux in France and the Margaret River Western Australia. The busy harvest season runs from mid-February to late April. A community of producers, Barossans are in tune with the seasons and in keeping with tradition continue to keep an eye on the nature’s cycles, moon, the harvest and the long-term forecast. A Mediterranean climate best describes weather in the Barossa, with its warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters ideal for viticulture and farming. The busy harvest season runs from mid-February to late April.

Summer

Summer

Summer days are long and sunny, with warm to hot daytime temperatures and slightly cooler evenings. The landscape is lined with green vineyards laden with ripening grapes, orchards are heavy with stone fruit and the patchwork of farmlands turns a light gold. The wine harvest begins late in the season.
Daytime temperatures range from 26-29°C in summer.

Autumn

Autumn

Autumn days are easy in the Barossa, with mild days and cooler evenings. The grape harvest continues and orchards yield crops of apples, pears, quinces and figs, and mushrooms spring up in forests making rewarding foraging. The annual Tanunda Agricultural Show is a season highlight for locals and visitors.
Daytime temperatures range from 17-26°C in autumn.

Winter

Winter

Winter is chilly in the Barossa, making it a perfect time to relax by a crackling open fire with a glass of the region’s signature shiraz. The landscape is wintry, with vines pruned and the many deciduous trees bare. It’s a wonderful season for brisk walks, wine tasting and long, decadent dining.
Daytime temperatures range from 12-16°C in winter.

Spring

Spring

Spring in the Barossa is fine, with warmer days signalling buds to burst on the vineyards, bright green leaves to spread along the wines and fruit trees to blossom in pinks, whites and reds. It’s a season to enjoy outdoor activities alongside wine tasting and long, al fresco lunches.
Daytime temperatures range from 17-24°C in spring.

Getting there

There are many ways to reach the Barossa Valley. From Adelaide, a hub for international and domestic flights, travellers can make their way to the Barossa by car, private transfer or even by bike!

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  • Flights

    Commercial flights

    The Louise is within an hour’s drive of Adelaide Airport (ADL), a hub for international and domestic commercially operated flights. Direct commercial flights operate to and from the nation’s main ports Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin and Hobart.

    Charter flights

    A range of private charter flight options is available to land and depart from the General Aviation Terminal at Adelaide Airport from most capital cities and selected regional ports.

    Helicopter transfers

    For a spectacular aerial arrival, it’s hard to beat a helicopter transfer and The Louise has a daylight helipad onsite perfect for the purpose. Transit times to Adelaide airport vary depending on the scenic route taken.

  • Private vehicle transfers

    A private car service (including with a foreign language tour guide on request) is available to meet guests at the domestic or international arrivals hall at the airport or at the General Aviation Terminal for private charters.

    For visitors arriving by train, a car service is available for pickup from the Keswick train terminal for the Ghan, Indian Pacific or Overlander interstate train services.

    This service may also be confirmed for pickup or drop off at any Adelaide city hotels.

    Additional charges apply.

  • Self-drive

    Self-driving to The Louise is the popular option given its proximity to Adelaide and the straight-forward route via the Main North Road and A20 highway. Guests arriving at the airport or train station from interstate or regional ports often opt to hire a car to make the journey. This allows for more exploration around the Barossa during a stay at The Louise. All the main car hire companies are conveniently located at the airport, train stations and in the Adelaide CBD. Advance bookings are essential.

    For maps, the address is The Louise, corner Seppeltsfield and Stonewell Roads, Marananga, Barossa Valley, South Australia.

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Lodge

Continental luxury

Generously spacious and offering relaxed luxury with a chic Southern Europe vibe, villa-style suites open on to sun-dappled private courtyards and look out to the vineyards criss-crossing the country landscape.

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Dine

Local flavours

The culinary experience for guests at The Louise and its destination restaurant Appellation has been essential since first opening in 2006. The local, seasonal, and artisan-produced ingredients reflect a genuine sense of the Barossa and its people.

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Experience

Unforgettable encounters

Experience first-hand the journey from vine to vino with guided winery tours; float high about the valley in a hot air balloon or get the wheels rolling on a bike tour and cruise at your leisure.

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