2015 Banksia Small To Medium Business Leadership Sustainability Award
Kalleske – Sustainable Pioneers in Organic Wine
Kalleske Wines Pty Ltd, SA
Kalleske Wines is a producer of certified organic and biodynamic wines, situated at Greenock in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. Established in 2002, Kalleske utilises grapes from the family property which has been owned and operated by the family since 1853. It is the oldest and largest certified organic/biodynamic grape-growing and winemaking operation in South Australia.
Kalleske are sustainable pioneers in organic wine. Their farming methods are environmentally and socially friendly. Soils are healthy, no chemical residues, more carbon retention and more biodiversity. It is a healthy vineyard environment for vineyard workers and the naturally made wines are chemical free, healthier to drink.
Kalleske is economically viable, an important aspect to allow it to be sustainable environmentally. The winery is ultra efficient in energy and water use. It is a net exporter of electricity and consumes half the industry benchmark for water use. Innovators in the winery, Kalleske utilise smart barrel storage, efficient clarification and cutting edge analysis to reduce energy use, inputs and consumables.
Kalleske export to twenty markets and their wines and business have gained national and international awards. They are twice winners of the Sustainability Award, South Australian Regional Awards (2013 & 2012) and more recently in 2015 were awarded the 2015 Telstra Small Business of the Year (SA) and Producer of the World’s Best Bio Wine – China Wine & Spirit Awards.
The future is bright for Kalleske Wines as they continue to seek and share knowledge to remain an innovative, leading edge sustainable wine company.