Barossa Valley, Australia
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Kalleske is another name that has been in the Barossa Valley for generations. In 1838 Johann Kalleske arrived in South Australia with others from Prussia who were fleeing the religious persecution of the time. In 1853 Johann purchased a farm in the Greenoch Creek area of northwest Barossa Valley and practiced mixed farming including vines, fruit trees, grains, cattle, pigs and sheep. This is a practice which continues to this day with cattle and sheep as well as a commercial chaff mill, and the farm has been continually run for over 150 years by the same family.
Kalleske is owned by sixth generation Barossan John Kalleske and his wife Lorraine, and John has been managing the vineyard for close to half a century. Their two sons are Troy and Tony, and Troy was the first in the family to decide to study winemaking, which he did at Adelaide University. Following his studies he was selected for the Southcorp graduate winemaker program which moved him around to several different producers to gaim experience. That also landed him his first paying job as a winemaker at Penfolds. All of this set him up perfectly to transition to winemaking at the family farm. After almost 150 years of farming, the first official vintage of Kalleske Winery was 2002. In 2008 Troy was named as the “Barossa Winemaker of the Year”.
Kalleske remains very much a family affair, with father John still managing the vineyards, uncle Kym being in charge of the other farming endevours, brother Tony being the sales manager and cousin Darren being the cellar-hand. Farming is done in a sustainable way amd as a farm they have achieved organic certification status. The vineyard is 120 acres in size and the oldest vines go back to 1875 with the average age being 50 years old. The quality of the grapes is good enough that in previous years it has been selected by Penfolds for the Grange program.