Tony Kalleske

Kalleske Wines
Mentor since 2021

Tony is a passionate business owner and General Manager of Kalleske Wines in the Barossa Valley. He established this in 2001, along with his winemaking brother Troy, building a winery on his family’s property at Greenock where they have been farming and grape-growing since 1853.

Troy is production focused and gets the wine into bottle, and it is then Tony’s role to get the wine to market. Since the release of the first wines in 2004, Kalleske has rapidly gained an international reputation and received numerous accolades for producing the highest quality hand crafted wines. In recent years they have also been the recipients of some highly regarded national business awards. Wines are sold around Australia and in over 20 international markets.

Prior to starting their winery Tony developed his business skills and knowledge working as National Manager establishing a specialist wine industry recruitment division for a corporate human resource company. He previously pursued his interest in wine gaining experience working for a couple of major wineries.

Areas Of Expertise
  • General Management
  • Business Development & Account Management
  • Sales, Marketing & Brand Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
Qualifications & Achievements
  • Banksia Gold Sustainability Leadership Awards – National Winner Overall
  • Telstra Business Award for South Australia – State Winner, Small Business
  • Brand South Australia, Sustainability Award, and inductee into Hall of Fame
  • Biodynamic Wine of the Year, London International Wine Challenge
  • Great Wine Capitals Global Network Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices - Winner
  • Winner, Ningxia International Winemakers Competition
  • Human Resource Management, Monash Uni
  • Rural Business Management, Monash Uni
  • Businesses of Tomorrow, Westpac Business Leadership Program
  • Judge - Telstra Best of Business Awards