Alto Wine Estate

Stretched out along slopes of the Helderberg, for more than a century Alto has built a reputation as the oldest red wine only estate in South Africa.

About the winery
Alto is a leading red wine producer, with a century old heritage, nestled high up the Helderberg Mountains in South Africa’s Golden Triangle. A Champion of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. Alto is an ambassador of uncompromising quality Stellenbosch wine to the world. Proud of its heritage and inherently bound to its sense of place, Alto is one of the few wine farms that have changed winemakers 4 times in over 100 years with 2 being father and son combinations. Family and traditions are important values and are passed down through the generations. As echoed by the most relevant international critics, Alto wines are suitable for a decade long maturation and are a must-have for the discerning collector.

Learn more about Alto Wine Estate and their facilities at:

http://www.alto.co.za

Location

Western Cape

Opening Hours
Monday: 10:00 - 17:00Tuesday: 10:00 - 17:00Wednesday: 10:00 - 17:00Thursday: 10:00 - 17:00Friday: 10:00 - 17:00Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
Cellar door / shop
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Accommodation
No
Tastings
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Tours
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Restaurant
No
Events / Weddings
No
Languages
English
Children friendly
No
Region
Western Cape
Country
South Africa
Organic
No
History & Geography
Alto is a farm with a rich history, befitting its status as one of the icon estates of the Western Cape winelands. The first title deeds date back to 1693, but it was only in 1919 that the farm was given over entirely to vineyard. We are the oldest red wine only estate in South Africa and are celebrating our 100th harvest of our iconic Alto Rouge in 2022. Alto is situated in the heart of the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’, and the farm’s position on the warmer northern slopes of the Helderberg make it ideally suited to red wine production. Planted largely on soils of decomposed granite, the vineyards range in altitude from 100 to 500 metres above sea level. While generous late-afternoon sunshine guarantees concentration and colour in the grapes, the cooling sea breezes blowing in off nearby False Bay lengthen the hanging time on the vine to ensure phenolic ripeness and gentle tannins.
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