Kylie Mansfield, General Manager of the stunning The Louise, Barossa Valleys shares her local’s secrets of the beautiful Barossa Valley and why it needs to be on your conference & incentive list or at least your weekend getaway!

MJD: How did you get your start in the meeting/events industry to your current position of GM of The Louise?
Kylie Mansfield: In the early 00’s I left SA hospitality for the NT, looking for adventure and found a career!  Event Coordinator at the Voyages Alice Springs Resort.  I had the most amazing privilege of working with the original eco-tourism visionaries; Grant Hunt, Nick Baker, Sally Cope, Damien Hanger and Samantha Sefton.  They’d probably shudder to be called visionaries but they were.  Voyages definitely crystalized a passion in me for unique regional destinations and real, experiential / transformative travel.  I’ve worked with other exceptional brands; Constellation Group and Silver Needle, Epicure and most recently, regional restauranteur champions FINO… Each career step taking me closer to my core obsession with great food, wine and service until reaching this point – GM of a Relais & Chateaux luxury lodge in Australia’s premier culinary region, the Barossa Valley. (AKA The Dream Job!
 
MJD: What do you love about working with The Louise?
Kylie Mansfield: That’s easy!  I love working with The Louise team – Our staff, stakeholders, partners, growers, suppliers and family.  It’s a community of exceptionally skilled individuals who share the same absolute dedication to detail, quality and customer service excellence.  They are generous, intuitive, caring and creative and they make me feel incredibly proud.
 
MJD: What do you love about living & working in the Barossa Valley?
Kylie Mansfield: I love the fact that a Barossan’s lifestyle is completely enveloped by seasonal rhythm.  We take our life cues from the hue of the hills, the foliage on the vines and the produce on our plates.  It’s a wonderful thing, to drive past vineyard and realize that Spring is here, not by thinking about the date but by spying the first tiny green bud burst on the gnarled black vines… Or the first time you see a Vintage truck rumble past laden with grapes and realize that you only have a few more weeks of Summer so it’s time to make rote grutze!
https://foodluddite.com/2015/03/13/rote-grutze-groats-grits-or-gruel/
 
MJD: What is a great 24 hours itinerary Incentive Snapshot in the Barossa Valley?
Kylie Mansfield: We’re just over an hour from Adelaide, so a leisurely drive North through wheat fields and vineyards brings you to The Louise by Lunchtime.

  • Drop off your luggage and freshen up in your suites – Resist the temptation to lay back and relax into the stunning views from your private terrace!
  • Take a 5min transfer to Seppeltsfield village for a regional feast at Fino then explore the world famous winery and taste a 100 year old Para Vintage Tawny.
  • Returning to The Louise, your Boardroom is ready for an afternoon workshop and presentation – or not – The vineyard views and infinity pool are beckoning.
  • Aperitifs on the Terrace at Bar Louise, meet a few local winemakers and drink in the Barossa’s best sunset with their showcase selections.
  • Welcome to Appellation restaurant, a seasonally inspired 4 course regional tasting menu with paired wines awaits.  The Barossa on your plate and in your glass.
  • Early start for Breakfast with the Kangaroos, an opportunity to take a breath and experience the ancient Barossa of Kaiser Stuhl conservation park.
  • Back to the boardroom or better yet, off to explore the Barossa with a curated workshop in cheese-making, wine-blending, knife-forging or leatherwork.

Where do you go for:

EAT:
Casa Carboni – For whatever Matteo feels like feeding me and whatever Fiona pours into my glass.
Simple, classic, beautiful Italian fare.  No menu required, just smile, nod and mangia, mangia!
www.casacarboni.com.au

DRINK:
Artisans – 6 boutique wineries in one cellar door; Drink the Spinifex ‘Papillon’, Massena ‘Moonlight Run’ and pretty much everything from Sons of Eden.
https://www.artisansofbarossa.com/
TIP: On a hot day the giant, icy, lemony white wine spritzer (with a plate of fried chicken) in Harvest Kitchen, next door to Artisans is perfection!
http://www.harvest-kitchen.com.au/

STAY:
The Louise of course!  Just in case our 15 beautiful suites are already taken, Seppeltsfield Road does boast some lovely B&Bs including the exquisite Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage.
http://www.thelouise.com.au

PLAY:
Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield – Iconic SA arts and crafts gallery and studios offering workshops in ceramics, millinery, glass, leatherwork and knifemaking.
I consider it my duty to support local artists but my bank balance sometimes disagrees… I don’t think I’ve ever been able to leave the gallery without just one little trinket.
http://www.seppeltsfield.com.au/index.php/experience/art-design/jam-factory-at-seppeltsfield

MUST DOs:
Barossa Farmers Market, every Saturday from 7am until they run out.
The ultimate foodie hub!  Bounty from the kitchens, orchards, farmyards and fields of the Barossa.
http://barossafarmersmarket.com.au

LOCAL’S SECRET:
Shhhh… The Burgers at Bar Louise.  Spot the who’s who of Barossa food and wine relaxing on the Terrace with a sneaky burger and a bottle of Beaujolais.
While The Louise is famous for restaurant Appellation, our casual dining Bar Menu is definitely the Barossa’s best kept secret.
http://www.thelouise.com.au/dine/food/a-la-carte/

Thanks Kylie! Kylie and her events team at The Louise will be able assist to build a full destination itinerary for your next conference, incentive or retreat.

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