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 book online.Book Appellation Book Contour
Explore the full range of culinary stories on our doorstep. The Louise team possess the best ‘little black book’ in the Barossa, and will happily curate a day of tasting and touring perfectly matched to guest palate and appetite. Discover some of their top recommendations in our Barossa Black Book.
Artisans of Barossa
Artisans started as a collaborative cellar door for eight prestigious family-owned wineries and has grown into an exciting new offering; part providore, part cellar door along with two dining venues. Delikatessen offers relaxed all-day eats and drinks and the more formal Essen restaurant presents a contemporary interpretation of seasonal Barossa food, with two, three or four course menu options or ‘feed me’ sharing menus available.
Voted ‘Coolest Cellar Door’ in the Best Cellar Door Awards 2021 and located a short drive or bike ride from The Louise, a visit to David Franz is a must-do. The original 1860’s cottage has been brought to vibrant new life with eclectic styling, filled with the warmth of a true Barossa welcome. Sample a selection of wines and build a custom platter of delicious local treats.
The Eatery is located at Maggie Beer’s Pheasant Farm. Together, Ellie Beer and Chef Tim Bourke (formerly of Southern Ocean Lodge) bring an inspired ‘farm to table’ dining experience showcasing the ‘Best in Barossa’ produce, set within a stylish dining room. A visit to The Eatery is an excellent way to spend an afternoon, taking in Maggie’s own philosophy that ‘great food is for sharing’.
Situated in the historic Seppeltsfield village, Fino is recognised as one of Australia’s best destinations for a long, leisurely lunch. Chef Dan Murphy works extensively with local producers to share the finest flavours of the season, while Sharon Romeo (Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant Personality of the Year 2022) and her front of house team deliver the best in genuine Barossa hospitality.
Set away from the Barossa thoroughfare, St Hugo is home to some of the region’s finest wines. The ski chalet-inspired architecture of the restaurant and tasting room presents a modernist expression unique to the valley. The exclusive ‘Riedel Tasting’ experience is highly recommended for its fun and interactive format – a surprise with every glass! The extensive modern Australian lunch menu is a fine match for the premium St Hugo label wines.
Founded in 1849, Yalumba is the oldest familyowned winery in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing 170 years of history to its immersive wine experiences. The Wine Room, with its warm open fireplace is the place for enjoying Yalumba’s premium wines. Make winetasting even more satisfying by adding smaller cheese and meze plates or the larger ‘Coopers Board’ piled high with cheese, dried fruits and charcuterie to the table.
Executive Chef Joel Grudnoff leads the produce-led culinary team at The Louise. Joel spent his childhood on a small working farm in the Northern New South Wales hinterland where his family raised sheep and free-range chickens and grew small lots of mostly organic vegetables. Joel grew up with a keen appreciation of nature and the landscape around him and loved learning to cook with his mum ‘just by osmosis’ in the kitchen. At 15 Joel started his chefs apprenticeship at the popular Rae’s at Wategos and from there moved to work in restaurants on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast where the common theme was a focus on seafood, local produce and fresh flavours.
Joel worked in a bunch of premium winery restaurants in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia before arriving at The Louise, where Appellation restaurant sits surround by world-famous vineyards and local artisans and producers. For Joel, The Louise team’s long support for small, family businesses and backyard-plot growers is a throw back to his own days as a kid growing up on the family farm in the New South Wales hinterland. The chance to work in a sustainable way and with carefully produced ingredients available right on the doorstep in the Barossa is the perfect blend for Joel, and the results shine in his menus every day.
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 snacks. 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.
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