Dining at The Louise is a local affair, where seasonal, singing fresh and locally grown produce combines on harmoniously designed, contemporary menus and sits neatly alongside a carefully developed selection of fine wines from the Barossa region and beyond. The award-winning Appellation restaurant headlines the lodge’s dining offering while Contour bar and kitchen, a walk-in wine cellar and sink-in lounges complete a gourmand’s delight. Appellation and Contour both welcome guests at The Louise as well as casual diners for dinner. Please contact the lodge to make a booking on +61 8 8562 2722 or enquire online.
Executive Chef Asher Blackford leads the talented culinary team at The Louise. Asher is driven by the possibilities created by fresh, local produce and so The Louise, located in the Barossa Valley hub of small-scale farmers and growers – many of whom embrace sustainable and organic methods – is a dream fit for him. Asher delivers an interpretation of the sights, scents, tastes and emotions of the Barossa to the plate. ‘Earthy, witty and wise’ is how Asher describes his culinary style. Just-picked ingredients from the kitchen garden are a highlight on every menu.
Having headed up his own restaurants in Melbourne and Brisbane, Asher is now very much at home in the Baillie Lodges kitchen. Asher most recently led the charge at Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge in the wilds of Vancouver Island and at award-winning flagship Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. Asher has honed the Baillie Lodges culinary philosophy of delivering a ‘sense of place’ via personally curated menus created from the finest regional ingredients and fresh seasonal produce from the Barossa community’s farmers, growers and friends.
A Local Drop
Guests are treated to a diverse selection of premium beverages, from locally distilled small batch spirits to craft beers and an extended range of local labels from South Australia’s rich wine growing regions.
Walk-in wine cellar
In the manner of Aladdin’s Cave, the new walk-in cellar invites wandering to explore and discover unexpected treasures! The carefully developed collection includes local Barossa wines and premium, boutique Australian wines. A select cellarmasters list includes French Champagne and exclusively Barossa vintages including Grange and Hill of Grace.
As the sun eases towards a vineyard-lined horizon, guests at The Louise gather in the lounge to mingle and sample sunset drinks and canapes. Try fine, local wine and small batch brews, a ‘House G&T’ or choose from a winning cocktail list featuring classics and creations with a local flavour twist. It’s a time to share tales of the day’s Barossa adventures.
Replenished daily and generously included in the tariff, the in-suite bar at The Louise includes a special selection of local gourmet treats for enjoyment all to oneself (or with a buddy) at any time. Snacks include house-made biscuits, Barossa cheese and crackers, preserves and chocolates, fresh juice, the ‘House’ gin, plus a favourite, very local wine.
Appellation & Contour
Dining at Appellation is at the heart of a guest stay at The Louise or as an unforgettable occasion for visitors. The award-winning establishment restaurant is framed by large windows with views to the vines and featuring private dining nooks, perfect for a degustation or a relaxed dinner with a loved one. The elegant, informal atmosphere that flows throughout The Louise continues here and guests will experience dining driven both by generations of Barossa culture and contemporary Australian style and innovation.
Contour bar and kitchen is open to visitors and in-house guests for a ‘long weekend’ from Thursday through to Monday evenings. The popular diner style venue presents a ‘classics’ inspired menu, with a sophisticated, premium quality spin on easy, comfort food like steaks, salads, burgers and fries, and is designed to be mouth-watering and moreish. Wines by the glass, local beers and ciders and classic cocktails make a winning combination.
A food and wine venture in one of the most prestigious vineyard regions in the world, the Louise and its acclaimed onsite restaurant, Appellation, play to your every sense while doubling down on pleasure.Hannah Lott-Schwartz Travel + Leisure
Appellation at The Louise is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest regional dining destinations showcasing the finest produce and food culture of the Barossa.Luxury Lodges of Australia
Considered the destination for the best in South Australian dining, Appellation has a focus on creating dishes that reflect the seasons, made using the best local produce. The offerings at this Barossa institution are sure to impress.Sasha Barbour Urban List
Appellation is nestled in the Barossa Valley and is known for offering one of Australia’s finest dining experiences. The restaurant is intimate and offers an understated elegance with sweeping views of the surrounding vineyards and exceptional food presented with finesse.Australian Good Food Guide