Harking from South Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have, for seven generations, 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 fruit.
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. And the family have never looked back. The winery is situated on the family estate where traditional winemaking techniques ensure the vineyard realises its full potential as wine. With minimalist wine making techniques employed in the winery, the essence of the vineyard and the diverse mix of grapes, are fully captured, allowing genuine hand made estate wines to be produced which really do showcase the splendid fruit.
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 with 120 acres planted with tried and true varietals like; Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as more unusual friends like; Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Mataro, Petit Verdot, Durif, Viognier, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Some of the vines date back to 1875! The vineyard is low yielding, ensuring each grape is intensely flavoured and perfect for creating premium quality Barossa wines.
In keeping with their environmental philosophy and care for the land, all the grapes are grown organically and biodynamically, something the Kalleske family is passionate about, and the winery has had Organic and Biodynamic certification since 1998.