Experience No.017 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.

The Barossa is a superstar wine destination with excellent gourmet producers and providores to match. It is therefore fitting to have a superb restaurant that works magic with this magical produce.

Before dinner, drinks are served on the balcony, where the vines appear endless as they roll over the hills.

Part of the luxury Louise hotel, Appellation stays true to its name by using only local produce and changing its a la carte menu daily. But the real winners from executive chef and local celebrity Mark McNamara are the Wine Flight Tasting Menu and Signature Tasting Menu.

The Wine Flight menu for summer 2010 is a superb example of the philosophy and mastery at Appellation. Called A Brilliant Blend, to tie in with the state’s tourism marketing message, all the supreme wines of SA are matched with inventive and original food. A late disgorged Croser is matched with rock lobster, sultanas, anchovy basil and brown butter. The Shaw + Smith M3 chardonnay arrives with barley and mushroom porridge and Woodside’s goats curd. And local hero The Struie from Torbreck accompanies a duck cooked two ways with beetroot and cherries.

Attached as it is to the excellent Louise hotel, the setting is so fine a romantic wine weekend it’s almost a crime. Before dinner, drinks are served on the balcony, where the vines appear endless as they roll over the hills.

Where: Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga SA. (08) 8562 2722, www.appellation.com.au and www.thelouise.com.au  

Did you know: When dining at Appellation, if you were forward-thinking enough to indulge in the classic Barossa experience of “making your own blend” at Penfolds, Mark and his team will create a dish that very night, just for your creation.

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