THE Hunter Valley in NSW may take the crown as the most visited wine region in Australia, but it’s South Australia’s magnificent Barossa Valley that attracts the most acclaim – and deservedly so.
And with Adelaide gearing up to party and celebrate its LGBTI community and culture with Feast Festival, the region is the perfect place to head to for a weekend getaway during the two-week festival – for some peace, quiet and relaxation with your significant other when it’s all over.
With names like Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds, Henschke, Seppeltsfeld, Rockford, Maggie Beer’s Pheasant Farm and much more – the compact Barossa Valley produces 21 per cent of Australia’s wine, which in turn graces the shelves of liquor stores around the world and attracts more awards and critical acclaim than any other wine region in Australia.
With hot, dry summers and cool, moderate winters, the Barossa Valley is an absolute must for anyone with even the slightest interest in a good drop. Located an easy 65km drive southwest of Adelaide, the region is one of the easiest wine regions to access in Australia and makes for a perfect getaway when you’re in the South Australian capital – whether it be during Feast Festival or any other time you happen to be in town.
The villages of the Barossa Valley have a very romantic, European feel about them, partly because of its distinct German heritage dating back to 1842. Fleeing religious persecution in Prussia and Silesia, settlers (bringing their vine cuttings with them) created a Lutheran heartland where German traditions persist today. The physical remnants of colonisation − Gothic church steeples and stone cottages − are everywhere, as is an appetite for wurst, pretzels and sauerkraut.
In terms of accommodation, the five-star The Louise is the place to go. Regarded as one of South Australia’s most outstanding food, vine and luxury accommodation destinations, The Louise – and its Appellation restaurant – is a great place for discerning travellers. Appellation restaurant is widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest regional dining experiences, offering fresh, seasonal cuisine and an outstanding wine list. Meanwhile. The Louise offers absolute luxury and inspired design with private terraces, gated courtyards, soft contemporary furnishings, rain showers, luxe amenities and spacious en-suites.
From fine wine and gourmet food to beautiful accommodation and fabulous events, aBarossa Valley getaway offers you and your partner a taste of the good life. The wine region is home to more than 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and 80 cellar doors as well as fantastic restaurants and bistros. The most popular way to explore the region is to book a guided day tour from Adelaide, but it’s even better if you base yourself in the thick of it all. Whether you prefer to indulge in some world-class wine, unwind at one of the many day spas, take a romantic hot air balloon ride, the Barossa Valley offers many pleasurable activities for you and your partner to enjoy.
ACCOMMODATION: Two nights at the five-star The Louise in a vineyard suite. Includes daily continental breakfast, newspaper, free wi-fi and a three-day car hire of a Toyota Yaris or similar that you can pick up and drop off at Adelaide Airport. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with free port wine, house-baked cookies and fresh fruit. Price: $665 per person
Appellation and The Louise are South Australia’s outstanding food, wine and luxury accommodation destination for discerning travellers. Appellation restaurant is widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest regional dining experiences, offering fresh, seasonal cuisine and an outstanding wine list presenting the best of theBarossa, Australia and iconic wines of the world. The Louise offers absolute luxury and inspired design with private terraces, gated courtyards, soft contemporary furnishings, rain showers, luxe amenities and spacious en-suites. Original glass art and artworks from Australian artists are featured throughout the property. Professional and informed staff are keen to share their local knowledge. The Louise specialises in creating bespoke, authentic Barossa wine and cultural experiences. Member of Luxury Lodges of Australia and Small Luxury Hotels of The World.
TRAVEL DATES: Now until March 31, 2016
ADD: Upgrade to a Stonewell Suite from an extra $272 per person. Add: Barossa Cellar Secrets Tour from an extra $315 per person.
DEAL NUMBER: 3761092