Geographics

Alto is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin district.

Alto is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin district. Its trellised vineyards cling to the high granite slopes that rise from a 100 to 500 metres above sea level, which are ideal for the cultivation of red grape varietals. Unsurprisingly, Alto is, and always has been, red wine country.

The Estate's sound reputation for producing world-class red wines can be ascribed, in part, to its excellent terroir. It is no coincidence that the area is known, locally, as the Golden Triangle. The vineyards face north, north-east and north-west. In summer, when the vines are drenched in sunshine, the late-afternoon sea breezes that rise from False Bay cool the grapes, thus lengthening the ripening period and preserving the complex flavours of the noble varietals grown at Alto. Dryland conditions ensure that the vines are shy bearing, resulting in quality grapes and, consequently, quality wine.

It is this outstanding Alto quality which has won the Estate more than 70 gold medals in open competition with the best wines in the world. One of South Africa's most celebrated labels, the Alto Estate, has been a Cape institution for over 50 years and has become known as this country's "own red blend".

Alto produces the Alto Rouge every year, and in particularly good years, like 2001, an Alto Cabernet Sauvignon is released. In fact a limited released Alto Shiraz 2001 was also released but is only available from the farm and the Bergkelder. The Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 was recently chosen to be served on SA Airways First Class, a fitting environment for such a noble wine.

Alto Estate
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