Here is an example of a banking conference in Southern Australia’s Barossa Valley that Lightfoot Travel organised for an international bank. The group stayed at The Louise, one of regions most luxurious properties and a renowned fine dining destination. This provided the perfect setting for the meetings, followed by a little wining and dining at the end of the day.
On arrival into Adelaide the group of 15 was met by a representative and driven 60-minutes to The Louise.
Once settled in they set off to a winery nearby for some wine tasting with the wine maker followed by lunch at the winery restaurant.
That evening we organised a private dinner at Appellation to sample the Chef’s Tasting Menu that included a wine pairing. Appellation at The Louise in the Barossa Valley is recognised as a world class destination for dining in South Australia, with food that unashamedly reflects the local growing seasons. Executive Chef Mark McNamara and his team are passionate advocates for freshness, seasonality and regionalism.
This morning a gourmet continental breakfast was served in-suite.
Next the group moved into the exclusive and modern private boardroom on the property. This flexible facility was perfectly sized for their group of 15 and boasted state-of-the-art facilities. With comfortable seating, and advanced IT and AV facilities, this was an ideal setting for the morning conference.
After the morning conferences, the group set off for a VIP tasting / exclusive vineyard tour with an iconic, premium Barossa producer, Henschke Wines (Hill of Grace). They also paid a visit to Artisans of the Barossa to view a showcase of small boutique producers who have come together to create a joint cellar door, including Massena and Spinifex Wines.
The evening was spent at one of Barossa’s great restaurants, Vintners Bar and Grill.
The morning was spent in meetings in The Louise’s private boardroom.
After lunch at the hotel, guests were driven to the internationally renowned Penfolds winery for the Most Brilliant Blend experience with a custom-built wine-paired course added to the dining menu in Appellation that night. Lab-coats were donned to commence the blending experience in the Penfolds Winemaker’s laboratory.
It was here that guests learned how to blend their own wine from Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre, such as Penfolds own Bin 138. It was a fascinating and satisfying experience – blending to suit each person’s own personal tastes – and it was even more fulfilling to take the wine home in a personalised bottle with guest’s names on it as Assistant Winemaker.
That evening was again spent dining at Appellation, sampling Chef Mark McNamara’s Tasting Menu specially designed around the blended Penfolds wines.