John Kalleske Vigneron of the Year

Each year the Barons of the Barossa host a Declaration of Vintage, marking the start of harvest with a blessing of the grapes and a street parade. This year's event was held on Sunday the 15th of February. While vintage was already in full swing for a lot of wineries around the Barossa, hundreds of people came to celebrate the Declaration.

At each Declaration, the Barossa Barons select a Winemaker and Vigneron of the Year from a group of community and peer-nominated industry greats. This year we were very proud to see our very own John Kalleske awarded Vigneron of the Year. Beside him was Ben Radford of Rockford Wines, awarded Winemaker of the Year, and Jamie Nietschke of Moppa receiving an award for services to the industry from Barossa Grape and Wine.

John is a fifth generation grapegrower and has done an outstanding job of tending the Kalleske family vineyards for over fifty years. He was honoured and humbled to accept the award, simply stating "We just do our own little thing in our patch of the Barossa".

John Kalleske awarded Vigneron of the Year by the Barons of the Barossa

For further reading, please visit the Barossa Herald website or ABC News.

Christmas Trading Hours

Please note that our Cellar Door will be closed on the following days over the Christmas and New Year period:

Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
New Year's Day: Closed

All other days, our Cellar Door will be open as normal from 10am - 5pm.

Celebrate the Barossa Vintage Festival at Kalleske

The vintage festival has rolled around again and it's time to get fired up for the Kalleske Drop, Chop and Two Smoking Barrels. On the menu we have our own raised, barrel-wood fired lamb accompanied with traditional Prussian sides and salads, which wouldn't be complete without Lorraine Kalleske's famous Rote Grütze.

Our doors will be open:

Wednesday 15 April 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 16 April 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 17 April 10:00am - 11:00pm
Saturday 18 April 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 19 April 10:00am - 6:00pm

Food will be available from 11am - 3pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from 11am - 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Come and stay for a relaxed afternoon of live acoustic music in our Cellar Door. Wine by the glass and bottle will be available all day from 10am. It is an outdoor event, so if the weather is cool please dress accordingly.

Click here to book tickets for this event via My Booking Manager.

The times are a-changing in the Barossa

Fassina Family Liquor Merchants talk about our 2013 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz in their recent article on INDAILY. Click here to read the article, or visit our website to order the 2013 Greenock Shiraz online.

2014 South Australian Regional Awards

Tony & Carol Kalleske had a great time celebrating the annual South Australian Regional Awards last week at the Barossa & Gawler Jockey Club. The awards celebrate and showcase the achievements of individuals, groups, businesses and organisations of regional South Australia. This year we were lucky enough to take home two of the iconic hand-blown glass pear trophies. 

We are very happy to have been selected as the Regional Wine Award Winner, coming up against some tough competition in Two Hands Wines and Murray Street Vineyards. The award recognises wine companies leading the way in using their environmental credentials and sustainability practices to enhance the credence values of their products.

We were also honoured to have been inducted into the Regional Awards Hall of Fame, having received the Sustainability Award in 2012 & 2013, and now the Regional Wine award. We were in good company up next to Barossa Tourism Services, who were also inducted after receiving three Small Business Awards. 

Tony & Carol Kalleske at the Awards presentation evening.

Did you know: The pear was originally chosen as the symbol to represent the Awards as it is one of the only fresh foods that can be grown in all seven regions that the Awards cover.


At Kalleske, Grenache is a variety we have always had a thing for. So it was fitting that the first wine we ever made back in 2002 was the Old Vine Grenache, produced from the oldest patch of Grenache vines on the Kalleske farm planted in 1935.

International Grenache Day is this Friday, the 19th of September. To celebrate, we're cracking a few back vintage Grenache wines for you. The line-up includes our Single Vineyard Old Vine Grenache, Clarry's GSM, and Rosina Rose. Not only that, we'll be sizing them up against each of their New Vintage Releases. 

Come and visit us in our Cellar Door this Friday and Saturday and taste the history of Kalleske's Grenache, best paired with one of our Regional Cheese & Charcuterie Platters.

We hope to see you there!

The Kalleske Team

Johann Georg Selected in Langton's Classification

Our Johann Georg Shiraz has been selected in the 25th Anniversary Edition of Langton's Classification of Australian Wine. Langton's Classification of Australian Wine is the paramount form guide to Australia's finest wines. Entry into the Classification is based on a wine's reputation and track record at auction.

This wine is a tribute to Johann Georg Kalleske, the first Kalleske ancestor to migrate to Australia from Prussia in 1838. The substantial, 120-acre vineyard, organic and biodynamic, with an average vine age of 50 years, is now regarded as one of the region's great 'grower' vineyards.

Langton's has classified our Johann Georg Shiraz as one of the Classic Australian Wines of Consistent Excellence.

The Excellent category comprises established market performers with a reputation for offering something unique and different. These powerfully evocative wines articulate authenticity and a compelling narrative. Heritage, foresight, progress and innovation are a common thread. Many have a long-standing reputation for consistency, integrity and longevity. Others represent the vanguard of contemporary wine making practices and regional expression.

The Johann Shiraz has already received many outstanding reviews and awards, including 5 star rating from James Halliday, the GRAND Gold Medal at the International Organic Wine Awards, and a 5 star rating from Huon Hooke in Gourmet Traveller Wine.

The 2012 vintage Johann Georg Shiraz is available now, so Order on our website or visit us in Cellar Door. We promise you will not be disappointed!