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Barossa winemaker & vigneron of the year
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At the annual Declaration of Vintage in Tanunda on Sunday, the prestigious Barossa Winemaker and Vigneron of the Year awards were announced by the Barons of Barossa wine fraternity.
Stephen Henschke, in his first public appearance as Grand Master of the Barons of Barossa, presented the Winemaker of the Year award to Troy Kalleske. He said, “It is fantastic to present this award to someone who is part of the new generation of winemakers emerging in the Barossa. Troy’s dedication to regional integrity and quality is evident in his wines and makes him a worthy recipient of this award.”
Accepting the award, Troy acknowledged his family. “My dream has been to capture the essence of the vines that six generations of Kalleskes have tended in a bottle. And hopefully, my brother Tony and I have done that with Kalleske Wines. It’s a great honour to accept this award.”
The Barossa Vigneron of the Year award went to the Hoffmann Family and was accepted by Gordon, Jeff, Adrian and 7 year old Byron. “The Hoffmanns are quintessential Barossa grape growers, always striving to grow the highest quality fruit with the least intervention. And they have all contributed to this community in so many ways,” Stephen noted.
Adrian spoke for the family and said, “This award means a lot to my entire family. The Hoffmanns have been growing grapes in the Barossa for over a hundred years and judging by the interest young Byron is taking in the vineyard, that legacy will continue in the next generation.”
As part of Declaration of Vintage, Louisa Rose presented a 2008 Vintage Report. She said, “…the Barossa is on track to having a near perfect season this year. Vine health is good; it won’t be a bumper crop but yields will be good, and the weather is doing all the right things to help us achieve a great vintage that will showcase both the strengths and variety that is the Barossa.”