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The Kalleske Story

In South Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. They are one of the region’s leading grape-growing families consistently growing some of the Barossa’s best quality grapes. After six generations of growing grapes, winemaker and seventh generation family member, Troy Kalleske, together with his brother Tony, established the Kalleske winery and made the first ‘Kalleske’ wine. The winery is situated on the family estate where traditional winemaking techniques ensure the vineyard realises its full potential as wine.

The vineyard is managed by Troy’s and Tony’s parents, John and Lorraine, and brother, Kym. John has over forty years experience tending the vineyard. The 120 acre vineyard is planted to Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Mataro, Petit Verdot, Durif, Viognier, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Vines vary in age with the oldest remaining vineyard dating back to 1875 and an overall average vine age of about 50 years. The vineyard is low yielding with grapes grown organically and biodynamically and the winery is also certified biodynamic/organic.

The Kalleske family are active practitioners of sustainable farming. They are caretakers of the land and not only want to maintain the environment but improve it for future generations.

All Kalleske wines are estate grown and vinified with minimalist winemaking techniques used to fully capture the essence of the vineyard allowing genuine handmade estate wines to be produced. The range is a diverse mix of wines that showcases the splendid Kalleske grapes.

Since the first wine release in 2004, Kalleske has rapidly gained a reputation for producing top-quality hand crafted wines. Kalleske are committed to continue making genuine estate grown wines of individuality and of vineyard and winemaking excellence.

Wines from Kalleske have been seven generations in the making, but they are certainly worth the wait!

For over 150 years our Kalleske family has been living and working on our Greenock farm. Throughout this time each generation has been vigilant in looking after the property for the next generation by not only preserving but enhancing the natural environment.

Today, genuine sustainability and careful environmental practices continue to be at the core of our Kalleske farming, grapegrowing and winemaking.

Kalleske has been Certified Organic and Biodynamic since 1998

Certified Organic and Biodynamic

Organic and Biodynamic practices in the vineyard and winery ensure the soil, air and surrounding waterways are not polluted with synthetic chemicals and fertilisers. Organic and biodynamic farming is not only good for the environment but it ensures the grapes produced are more wholesome with vitality and integrity that reflect their origins of our Kalleske vineyard. Farming the vineyard organically and biodynamically is the truly natural way of farming ensuring ultimate sustainability, authenticity and quality.

To find out more visit our Organics and Biodynamics page that includes downloadable information sheets.

Family History

On 18th November 1838, merchant and miller, Johann Georg Kalleske and his wife Johanne Dorothea, together with their four children landed in the newly established colony of South Australia. They had sailed for many months on the Prince George, from half-way around the world, fleeing religious persecution in their homeland, Prussia.

In 1853 the Kalleske farm was established at Moppa, a small sub-district of Greenock in the North-Western Barossa Valley. Since settlement the Kalleske farm has been a mix of enterprises including vineyard, orchard, sheep, dairy, pigs, cropping, milling and merchanting.

Today, the property continues to be a diverse and thriving mix of vineyards, sheep, cattle, chaff mill and winery. The farm has been in continual family ownership for more than 150 years and is today tended by the sixth and seventh generation of the Kalleske family.

 

Troy Kalleske

Troy Kalleske, is a seventh generation Barossan and grew up amongst the vines of the Kalleske property. From a young age was grape-picking and pruning the vines planted by his great-great-great grandfather in 1853.

In 2002, after 149 years of farming and grape-growing by the Kalleske family, Troy took the next step and established the Kalleske winery. It is here where Troy handcrafts Kalleske wines.

Since releasing his own wines, Troy has rapidly gained national and international recognition as one of the Barossa’s and Australia’s best young winemakers. Troy has received numerous accolades with one of the most prestigious being the “2008 Barossa Winemaker of the Year” title awarded by the Barons of Barossa.

Tony Kalleske

Tony is the eldest of the ‘seventh generation’ Kalleskes. From an early age he was out in the vineyard helping his parents with hand picking and pruning on the family vineyard and together with Troy,  co-founded the Kalleske Winery.

Tony is hands-on in the winery during vintage but throughout the year he looks after sales and general business.

Prior to the winery, Tony was national manager for a major human resource company and he’s also a qualified motor mechanic

John Kalleske

John is a proud sixth generation Kalleske and together with wife, Lorraine, is the owner of the Kalleske farm and vineyards. John has been growing grapes and farming the land for close to half a century and was intrumental in achieving the initial and ongoing organic and biodynamic certification for the vineyards and farm. John has always strived to achieve the highest quality from each block and is always looking at new ways to better manage the vineyard along with his Son Kym. In 2015 John was awarded the prestigious accolade of ‘Barossa Vigneron of the Year’ awarded by Barons of Barossa.

Lorraine Kalleske

Lorraine Kalleske is Australia’s fastest hand grape-picker. During the 1980s Lorraine won a total of four National Grapepicking Championships, including a unique three-in-a-row trifecta. As the competition is now no longer held, Lorraine retains the title of Australia’s fastest grape-picker.

Lorraine has put her skills to good use by hand-harvesting grapes on the Kalleske farm for the past four decades. Lorraine is also actively involved in the planting, training and pruning operations.

Kym Kalleske

Kym has continued the Kalleske family tradition and followed in his previous generations footsteps by becoming a fellow merchant and miller.

Kym is an integral part of the Kalleske vineyard and farm, managing day to day operations in conjunction with his Father, John. Kym has almost three  decades experience tending the vineyard. Kym has been instrumental in the success of the vineyard and diverse farming enterprises, including cropping, organic Dorper Lamb, Black Angus Cattle and the commercial chaff mill combining traditional and modern agricultural practices.

Darren Nietschke

Darren is the Kalleske Cellar-Hand and started working in the winery in 2007 and takes care of all cellar duties during vintage and throughout the year. Since beginning in 2007 Darren has honed his skills in the cellar and works closely with Troy to produce to the premium quality wines.

Darren is a local lad and a cousin Troy and Tony growing up on his parents’ farm and vineyard at Koonunga Hill in Northern Barossa.

Winemaker: Troy Kalleske

 

Troy Kalleske is the winemaker and co-owner of Kalleske. He’s a seventh generation Barossan and in 1999 Troy graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) Degree from the University of Adelaide, achieving a distinction average. Troy was the first Kalleske to venture into the field of winemaking and during his studies Troy was awarded no less than three scholarships, including the prestigious South Australian Wine and Brandy Industry Association Medal for Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology).

Following university, Troy was selected for the Southcorp graduate winemaker program where he gained valuable experience winemaking at Seppelt Great Western, Lindemans, Penfolds and Seppeltsfield fortified winery. On completion of the graduate winemaker program, Troy continued winemaking for Southcorp at Penfolds, Barossa Valley. Troy has also completed a vintage with Rolf Binder at Veritas Winery and Miranda Wines, and in keeping with the increasingly global wine business he left Australia and gained valuable international knowledge of the industry as Harvest Enologist for Kendall-Jackson at Vinwood Cellars in Geyserville, Sonoma County.

In 2002, after 149 years of farming and grape growing by Troy’s family, Troy and his brother, Tony, took the next step and established the Kalleske winery. Troy was the first Kalleske to pursue winemaking after seven generations.

Troy has received numerous accolades in recent years with one of the most prestigious being the “2008 Barossa Winemaker of the Year” title awarded by the Barons of Barossa. Troy is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the Barossa’s and Australia’s best young winemakers.

Vineyards

The Kalleske farm and vineyards were established in 1853 at Moppa, a small sub-district of Greenock in the North-Western Barossa Valley. The oldest vines on the property today are more than a century old, dating back to 1875. The 120 acre vineyard is a diverse mix of varieties with Shiraz and Grenache predominating followed by smaller plantings of Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Durif, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Semillon. The Moppa/Greenock sub-region of the Barossa is regarded as one of the finest districts for high quality wine, especially Shiraz and Grenache.
All Kalleske vineyards are farmed certified organically and biodynamically. Genuine sustainability and authentic wines are at the core of Kalleske farming and winemaking. Please click here for more on organics and biodynamics and environmental sustainability.

At an elevation of 300-350m, the Kalleske farm is one of the higher localities in the Barossa Valley, being 40-90m higher than the Valley floor at approximately 260m. As well as higher elevation, the vineyard is characterized with varying topography of softly rolling hills and gullies creating gentle cooling breezes. The higher elevation and cooling breezes result in a slightly cooler growing season for the Kalleske vineyard, ensuring gradual ripening and full flavour, tannin and structure development.

The Kalleske farm is 500 acres and the 120 acres of vines are planted in over 30 individual blocks across the property. This spread of plantings covers a diversity of topographies, soils and aspects ensuring interesting, characteristic, individuality from each block.

The soils vary across the vineyard blocks but importantly red clay underlies all vineyards ensuring Winter rainfall is captured in the subsoil for use by the vines over the Summer growing season. Annual rainfall is typically 500mm, with the majority of this falling during Winter and early Spring.

At the Kalleske vineyard, budburst usually occurs in late September, followed by flowering and set in November. Harvest usually begins in the final week of February and typically concludes in mid-late April.

Kalleske Johann Georg Shiraz – Vineyard (single vineyard)
Overview
The Johann Georg vineyard is the flagship of the Kalleske farm. It is the oldest vineyard on the Kalleske property and is fittingly named after the first Kalleske ancestor to migrate to Australia. Johann Georg was born in Brätz, Prussia in 1794 and migrated to South Australia with his wife and children in 1838. The vineyard is entirely dry grown, solely relying on natural rainfall.
Variety
Shiraz
Age
Single Vineyard - vines planted 1875
Location
Moppa
Area
2 acres
Yield
0.75-1.25 tonnes/acre
Barossa Classification
Ancestor vines (>125 years old)
Grape Characteristics
Strong textural aspect with intense, fine tannins and flavours of black fruits, savoury roast meat and black olive.
Kalleske Eduard Shiraz – Vineyard
Overview
The Eduard vineyard blocks are named after Karl Heinrich 'Eduard' Kalleske, who together with his wife Anna 'Rosina' worked the Kalleske vineyard until the 1880s when their son took over the reins. The vines are dry grown.
Variety
Shiraz
Age
Numerous blocks, vines planted 1905-1960
Location
Moppa
Area
1-3 acre blocks
Yield
1-1.5 tonnes/acre
Barossa Classification
Centurion vines (>100 years old) & Old vines (>35 years old)
Grape Characteristics
Rich, dark, brooding strong black fruits with a savoury dimension and solid tannins.
Kalleske Greenock Shiraz – Vineyard (single vineyard)
Overview
The only Kalleske vineyard not adjoined to the 'home' property, the Greenock vineyard is located just South of the Greenock township on the Western edge of the Greenock Creek.
Variety
Shiraz
Age
Single vineyard, vines planted 1999
Location
Greenock
Area
16 acres
Yield
1.5-1.75 tonnes/acre
Barossa Classification
N/A
Grape Characteristics
Chocolate, plum and fruit cake with solid structural tannins and long length.
Kalleske Old Vine Grenache – Vineyard (single vineyard)
Overview
It is the oldest Grenache vineyard on the Kalleske property and one of the Barossa's and Australia's oldest Grenache plantings. The vines are dry grown.
Variety
Grenache
Age
Single vineyard, vines planted 1935
Location
Moppa
Area
2 acres
Yield
1-1.5 tonnes/acre
Barossa Classification
Survivor vines (>70 years old)
Grape Characteristics
Rich varietal Grenache displaying intense perfume, spice, blackberry, concentration and a hint of choc mint.
Kalleske Clarry’s GSM – Vineyard
Overview
The Clarry's vineyard blocks are spread over the Kalleske property providing a diversity of fruit characteristics. Clarry's is named in honour of Clarence "Clarry" Kalleske, who farmed the Kalleske vineyards from the late 1920s until his retirement in the 1990s.
Variety
Grenache, Shiraz & Mataro (aka Mourvedre)
Age
Numerous blocks, vines planted 1940-2005
Location
Moppa
Area
2-6 acre blocks
Yield
1-2 tonnes/acre
Barossa Classification
Survivor vines (>70 years old) & Old vines (>35 years old)
Grape Characteristics
Red rose florals and perfume spice from the Grenache, fruit cake and chocolate from the Shiraz and textural savoury tannin and rustic characters from the Mataro.
Kalleske JMK Shiraz VP – Vineyard
Overview
Numerous Shiraz vineyards are utilised for the fortified JMK Shiraz VP. JMK is named after John Malcolm Kalleske who has tended the Kalleske vineyards for more than 50 years.
Variety
Shiraz
Age
Numerous blocks, vines planted 1972-2005
Location
Moppa
Area
2-16 acre blocks
Yield
1.5-2.0 tonnes/acre
Barossa Classification
Old vines (>35 years old)
Grape Characteristics
Christmas cake, chocolate, dark berry and spice.
Kalleske Florentine Chenin Blanc – Vineyard (single vineyard)
Overview
A low-yielding vineyard of rare Chenin Blanc named after Caroline 'Florentine' Kalleske, the first daughter of Johann Georg Kalleske who migrated to Australia from Prussia in 1838.
Variety
Chenin Blanc
Age
Single vineyard, vines planted 1988
Location
Moppa
Area
4 acres
Yield
2 tonnes/acre
Barossa Classification
N/A
Grape Characteristics
Fresh pear, quince, hay and almond.
Kalleske Rosina Rosé – Vineyard
Overview
The Rosina vineyard blocks are named after Anna 'Rosina' Kalleske, who, together with her husband Karl Heinrich 'Eduard' Kalleske farmed the vineyard from 1853 until the 1880s.
Variety
Grenache, Shiraz & Viognier
Age
Numerous blocks, vines planted 1940-2005
Location
Moppa
Area
2-6 acre blocks
Yield
2 tonnes/acre
Barossa Classification
Survivor vines (>70 years old) & Old vines (>35 years old)
Grape Characteristics
Perfume, musk, strawberry and freshly crushed raspberry.
Kalleske Dodger Tempranillo – Vineyard (single vineyard)
Overview
The Dodger Tempranillo vineyard is the newest variety on the Kalleske property. It is named after the vine dodger, a mechanical weeder used on the property for almost a century. Very well suited to our red earth and climate the Dodger vineyard produces characteristic and varietally pure Tempranillo.
Variety
Tempranillo
Age
Single vineyard, vines planted 2007
Location
Moppa
Area
2 acres
Yield
1.5-2.0 tonnes/acre
Barossa Classification
N/A
Grape Characteristics
Clasically varietal. Richly fruited with dark cherry, herbs, spice and earth. Fruit displays chewy rustic tannins and a lingering clean finish.
Kalleske Fordson Zinfandel – Vineyard (single vineyard)
Overview
The Fordson Zinfandel vineyard is one of the most recent varieties planted on the Kalleske Property. It is named after ‘Fordson’ Major tractor. For 97 years horses were used to work the vineyard and
land until this changed in 1950 when a new type of horse-power arrived on the property. The Fordson soon became a valuable and integral part of vineyard and farm activities
Variety
Zinfandel (a.k.a Primitivo)
Age
Single vineyard, vines planted 2007
Location
Moppa
Area
2 acres
Yield
Low yield

Awards & Accolades

Great Wine Capitals Global Network Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices Award, September 2016

Banksia Sustainability Gold Award, November 2015

Banksia Small to Medium Business Sustainability Leadership Award, November 2015

Telstra Small Business Award Winner (SA), July 2015

John Kalleske: Barossa Vigneron of the Year 2015 – Barons of Barossa, February 2015

2014 Brand SA, South Australian Regional Awards Hall of Fame Inductee, October 2014

2014 Brand SA, South Australian Regional Awards Wine Award Winner, October 2014

Best Small Cellar Door in the Barossa Valley – Gourmet Traveller Wine, April/May 2014 edition

Best Organic Wine-Producer Of The Year 2013 – AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2013

5 Red Stars
“Outstanding winery… regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity”.
5 star rating for the previous 5 years – “One of the best wineries of the region” (Barossa Valley)
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2013 Edition

Troy Kalleske: Barossa Winemaker of the Year 2008 – Barons of Barossa, February 2008

Troy Kalleske: Australia’s Young Gun of Wine – Young Gun of Wine Awards, Melbourne, Australia, 2007

2013 South Australian Regional Awards Sustainability Award Winner, October 2013

Bio Wine of the Year: 2013 Kalleske Johann Georg Shiraz, China Wine & Spirits Awards, August 2015

Organic Wine of the Year: Kalleske Clarry’s GSM – 2018 Winestate Organic Awards

Alternative Red Wine of the Year: Kalleske Buckboard Durif  – 2017 Winestate Wine of the Year Awards

LANGTONS Classification of Australian Wine – 25th Anniversary Edition
Kalleske Johann Georg Shiraz: Classification: Excellent – Classic Australian wines of consistent excellence.

Biodynamic Wine Of The Year: Kalleske Clarry’s GSM – International Wine Challenge, London 2012

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