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Appellation at The Louise Wins Trio of Major Wine List Awards

Appellation, the restaurant at The Louise Barossa Valley, has just received the third in a row of highly sought after recognitions for its wine list. Two of the 2014 awards are international in scope and one is an Australian national award.

Topping the series is a newly announced World’s Best Wine Lists Awards by London based publisher World of Fine Wine. Starting with 4,000 entries, a jury of wine reviewers selected 225 restaurant lists from across the globe to receive their inaugural top level three -star rating, including Appellation. The restaurant’s list is one of twenty one award winners based in Australia and is the only winner from South Australia.

US based Wine Spectator announces its annual Restaurant Wine List Awards with each August magazine issue. Appellation has been named in this prestigious listing for the past five years, and this year is named with a higher level Best of Award of Excellence, again the only restaurant in South Australia with this ranking out of 883 restaurants worldwide. Wine Spectator magazine is one of the most widely accessed wine publications in the world.

At a gala event in Sydney last week, Appellation’s sommelier accepted for the seventh year in a row the Wine List of the Year Award from Fine Wine Partners and Australian Gourmet Traveller  Wine magazine for another ‘Hall of Fame’ ranking as South Australia’s best restaurant wine list. This year, the South Australia award is shared with new entrant FermentAsian, another Barossa based restaurant with a strong wine focus.

The Appellation wine list offers over 600 choices, with a natural concentration on Barossa varietals such as Shiraz, Cabernet, Semillon, Riesling and blends including many excellent examples of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. The list also features wines from across Australia and the great wine regions of the world.

The Louise Barossa Valley and Appellation Join Relais & Châteaux

International hospitality association Relais & Châteaux headquartered in Paris France has announced today that Barossa-based The Louise luxury vineyard retreat and its culinary destination restaurant Appellation have joined the world’s top rated small hotels and restaurants across 64 countries as the newest member of the Relais & Châteaux international association. They are among just four Australian and six New Zealand Relais & Châteaux properties including Hamilton Island’s Qualia Resort and Spa, and Sydney’s Tetsuya’s restaurant.

Appellation at The Louise

Sunset at Appellation (image supplied)

Relais & Châteaux is highly regarded and widely known across Europe, Africa and the United States, where top-rated hospitality venues are members. In the world’s most recognised wine regions, the stand-out hotel and restaurants are Relais & Châteaux members. Repeat guests of the Relais & Châteaux network are loyal advocates of the high standards and memorable dining experiences at the 500+ Relais & Châteaux properties. Now they have an additional reason to visit Australia and discover South Australia and the Barossa.

The Louise, a founding member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, is a 15 suite boutique hotel located in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Appellation, led by executive chef Ryan Edwards, is the on-site restaurant serving contemporary Australia regional cuisine.

Commenting on The Louise and Appellation joining Relais & Châteaux, owner Jim Carreker noted, “Long before Helen and I moved from San Francisco to South Australia a decade ago to develop our vision for a destination restaurant with luxury guest rooms in one of the world’s great wine regions, we had pre-selected Relais & Châteaux as our preferred global marketing partner. We sense that the time has come for Australia’s leading small luxury hotels and best-in-class restaurants to partner with the world’s most widely recognised culinary hospitality brand. We are pleased and honoured to be at the forefront of an expansion of Relais & Châteaux into Australia, coincident with the launch of a multi-year high profile positioning of Australia as an international culinary tourism destination by Tourism Australia”.

Luxury Accommodation in Margaret River

Being a good drive from Perth its worthwhile indulging in luxury accommodation while in Margaret River. There used to be only one choice for luxury – Cape Lodge. But a few years ago the five star Windmills Break opened not too far away.  Offering a relaxed feel, and only 13 suites, it is at once private but still convivial and indulgent.

Windmills Break Luxury Accommodation

Windmills Break Luxury Accommodation

Windmills Break is set in a 10 acres of property not too far away from the beach – although not right on it. Windmills Break is named after the local surf spot.  It is ideally located on Caves Road so puts you in the perfect spot to surround yourself with wineries and great scenery – for example Ngilis Caves.  And not too far from the Cape Lodge restaurant.

Luxury in the Centre of Perth

One of the latest luxury accommodation providers in Perth City is The Terrace Hotel, which opened in November 2012 near the centre of the CBD.   For those of a vinous persuasion, The Terrace Hotel, and has recently won AHA Accommodation Industry Award for Hotel Wine List.  And it’s an impressive list, with a good selection of wines by the glass. So even if you’re not staying it would still be recommended for a quite drink, or even a loud one.  The wine list has a broad selection of both international and domestic wines, including well known wineries and up and coming producers. Its also ideally located to make best use of other local restaurants

The Terrace Hotel - Perth

The Terrace Hotel – Perth

The luxury accommodation has 15 suites, a restaurant with a garden terrace, dining, bar, impressive wine cellar and three private function rooms.  Originally named Bishop’s Grove, St George’s House was built in 1892 by the Anglican Church. It is a grand example of terrace style buildings developed along Perth’s St George’s Terrace at the latter part of the 19th century.  The building went through many iterations over the years, from Bishops residence, boarding house, then offices.

The Terrace Hotel - delux rooms

The Terrace Hotel – deluxe rooms

In 1986, St George’s House was marked for destruction due to its dilapidated condition until significant restoration by property developer Lord Alistair McAlpine saved it.  It stood empty for nearly 9 years until it was renovated again in early 2011 to bring it to its stylish present form.

This luxury Perth accommodation was the only hotel in Australasia which made the 2013 Sunday Times UK Hottest Hotels.  Worldwide only 20 of the most sophisticated and stylish hotels were selected by their luxury travel expert.

Accommodation at The Terrace Hotel rates typically range from $259 to $950 per night.

[This post was produced with the kind assistance of The Terrace Hotel.]

Seize The Day and Discover Your Passion

Peter Milhinch became interested in wine at a young age. His interest quickly turned into a passion during Peter’s university years in Melbourne.  But it wasn’t until 1999 when Peter and wife Sharyn Rogers planned to establish a ten acre vineyard where vines had first been planted back in the mid 1800s.  They renovated the adjacent early settler’s cottage as an exclusive vineyard retreat for two.

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Luxury Bubbles in Barossa Accommodation

Imagine sitting in a luxuriously large bath tub in the middle of the Barossa bush.  A glass of bubbles in your hand, surrounded by bubbles in the bath, underneath majestic gum trees with the sound of bird life.  This is just one of the indulgent treats available to guests at the new luxury accommodation in Barossa – Kingsford Homestead.  Kingsford is ideal accommodation for a wine weekend, located on the edge of the famous Barossa Valley wine region in South Australia and takes full advantage of the regions magnificence.

Barossa Bush Bath

Built in 1856, Kingsford is a place of character, charm and history, enjoying 225 private acres and sublime country views.  It was also famous to millions around the world as ‘Drover’s Run’, the long-running Australian television series McLeod’s Daughters.  Owners Stefan and Leanne Ahrens purchased Kingsford in 2009 for its sentimental value, with Stefan recalling fond memories of playing there as a child with family.  He says he’s proud to now be able to share the boutique accommodation with a range of guests.

Kingsford Homestead

The boutique accommodation has seven luxury suites and will cater to just 14 guests. The minimum two-night stay is all inclusive.  Kingsford has alternating five and three course dinners, and country breakfasts served in the dining room. Drinks and canapés are served as the sun sets; evening meals are accompanied by outstanding Barossa wines.

Luxury Suites

Luxury accommodation isn’t all that’s offered at Kingsford Homestead.  Our hosts’, Pat and Sally Kent, passion and enthusiasm for hospitality and South Australia is obvious to everyone who has met them.  They were ready to help us enjoy the very best of the magnificent property and to make the most of our visit to Barossa Valley wine region.  Other attractions include walking trails, private property tours, picnics, drinks by firelight and wine tasting in the cellar.  Experiences in Barossa available to guests include private wine tours and balloon flights over the vineyards.

Luxury Suites


Dinning in Barossa

This post was produced with the kind assistance of Kingsford Homestead.