Europeans first settled the Barossa Valley in 1839; the Kalleske family was among these first settlers migrating from Silesia. Their hard work saw them establish vineyards in what must have been an alien environment yet they clung to their culture and heritage, celebrating their Lutheran faith, producing their traditional foods and continuing to speak the Alt Deutsch (Old German) of their homeland. You don’t hear much Alt Deutsch these days but you do benefit from those pioneering vineyards, the emblematic church architecture, the town bands and of course the famous cured meats and mettwursts.
The Barossa pioneers quickly realised that Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache thrived in the region’s Mediterranean climate and it was on the back of these varieties that the Barossa shot to fame. We’re fortunate in the Barossa Valley to be free of the devastating vine pest Phylloxera, which killed off most European vineyards in the late 19th century so our vines are amongst the oldest Shiraz vines in the world.
In recent years grape varieties from Spain and Italy have become available to growers and Andy, ever keen to try something new has planted a selection of these varieties. Durif, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Graciano have all been planted, the question yet to be answered is which of them will be Andy’s bequest to the seventh and eighth generations of the Kalleske family. Time alone will tell but they’re all showing promise as you’ll see when you try them for yourself.