Jim Carreker is Owner and Manager of The Louise Luxury Vineyard Retreat and the award-winning Appellation restaurant in the Barossa Valley.
Established in 2005, the five-star boutique luxury lodge has won an unprecedented nine successive Hall of Fame awards from Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine and is one of only seven Australian properties affiliated with the prestigious global network Relais & Châteaux.
The Louise also won the Accommodation Category of the inaugural South Australian Great Wine Capitals Global Network Best of Wine Tourism Awards in 2016.
Jim was CEO of a technology company in Silicon Valley when he and his wife Helen decided to set up a destination restaurant with luxury accommodation in one of the world's major wine regions.
"When we did a worldwide search for where we would build our hospitality business, the Barossa region really stood out to us," he said.
"It has outstanding food and wine and is one of the top five wine regions in the world.
"The Barossa is comparable to the Napa Valley, the south of France and the north of Italy for food and wine experiences."