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Jim and Helen Carreker, owners since January 2005, spent more than ten years researching and ultimately selecting the Barossa Valley and the stunningly beautiful Marananga hilltop site for their Australian food and wine venture. Their belief that luxurious accommodation complements a truly memorable food and wine experience is based on numerous personal trips in the 1980’s and 1990’s to France, Spain, Portugal and to their then local Napa and Sonoma Valley areas of California. In the model of many highly regarded hospitality venues in those regions, the primary destination is the restaurant and its carefully developed cellar, while luxurious accommodation is supportive and complementary to the spotlight focus on superlative food and wine. This concept is relatively rare in Australia and the Barossa in particular.
Together, Jim and Helen lead a dedicated team who are at the forefront of culinary tourism in Australia. The Louise is their expression of this unique blend of seasonal regional food, world-class wine, and private hideaway accommodation.
Our name “The Louise” comes from a long family history of entrepreneurs and strong women traced back to our owner Jim’s grandmother. This name is a tribute to her memory and inspiration, and to the many other women on both sides of the family bearing the name. We are delighted The Louise has found her home in the Barossa, a region of real characters, experiences and truly strong inspirational women.