Destination, culture and dedicated staff were the key ingredients for placing The Louise in Marananga on a world scale for providing luxury accommodation for guests.
The iconic Barossa tourist destination was recently named one of just two Australian destinations in Travel + Leisure magazine’s global 100 list.
Its sister property, Southern Ocean Lodge at Kangaroo Island, also joined them, making South Australia the only state within Australia to join the coveted list.
According to The Louise and Appellation general manager Kylie Mansfield, it’s terrific news for the destination.
“By destination I mean our little patch of Barossa Valley hilltop with its breathtaking views of vineyards, bushland ranges and spectacular sunsets,” she said.
“By culture, I mean our wonderful team and regional community, dedicated to welcoming every guest with authentic Barossan warmth and generosity.”
Ms Mansfield also paid respect to their neighbours, which she said included the “best winemakers in Australia”.
“Our region rests at the epicentre of SA’s producer and providore food-bowl so naturally, our restaurant Appellation boasts exquisitely paired regional dining and fine wine.
“Quite simply, The Louise is the perfect home-base for culinary indulgence and sensory exploration.”
Business owners Jim and Helen Carreker also feel “immensely proud and thrilled” each time their vision for luxury tourism excellence is acknowledged and appreciated.
Ms Mansfield said the Carreker’s pride was reflected through their people.
“We’re a tight-knit team who believe passionately that the Barossa is an absolutely world-class culinary tourism destination,” Ms Mansfield said.
The Louise’s other successes this year include sous chef Minho Han, who was selected for the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Young Chef awards, and their ‘Chubby’ being named ‘best club sandwich’ in the Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide.
The business is currently in the middle of its annual winter closure with tradespeople in place preparing the property for its re-opening at the end of the month
While most of the team were on holidays, Ms Mansfield said good news traveled fast, with social media running hot with messages of congratulations from staff and also former guests from across the globe.