Archive for August 2011

Alto at the Soweto Wine Festival

August 31, 2011

The seventh annual Soweto Wine Festival will be held at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto. There will be over 100 of South Africa’s top wineries showcasing in excess of 1000 wines. This is a fun and exciting introduction to the wonderful world of South African wines. You will learn how to fully enjoy your bottle of wine.

Alto, the oldest Red Wine Estate in South Africa,  will be at the Soweto Wine Festival 1-3 September.

Please join us for a glass or two of our fantastic red wines.

For more info on the event visit


Winners- Tickets to The Soweto Wine Festival

August 29, 2011


Congratulations to Thuli Buthelezi and Siphiwe Nhleko.

They are the winners of tickets to The Soweto Wine Festival.

Thanks to everyone who entered and if you’re attending this wine show, please join us for a glass or two of Alto red wine.

Alto Wines at the Mercury Wine Week

August 24, 2011

Alto, the oldest Red Wine Estate in South Africa,  will be at the Mercury Wine Week in Durban from the 24th – 26th of August at Suncoast Casino.

Come and meet our winemaker Schalk Van der Westhuizen at stand 56 – see you there!

About the event

Since 1979 the event has provided Durban and KwaZulu-Natal with the platform from which to host the country’s leading wine producers, estates and players while thrilling and challenging young or experienced wine lovers to the nuances of new releases, old favourites and different talking points.

As the highlight of the KwaZulu-Natal wine calendar, The Mercury Wine Week brings together around 140 delicatessen food and wine exhibitors and over 900 wines in a glittering marquee under the African skies.

For more information about the event , visit

Wine proverbs from around the world

August 23, 2011

One barrel of wine can work more miracles than a church full of saints -Italian Proverb

With wine and hope, anything is possible- Spanish Proverb

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved- Medieval German Saying

The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations- French proverb

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Win Tickets to The Soweto Wine Festival

August 18, 2011


Alto is running a great competition where you can win tickets to The Soweto Wine Festival  1-3 September at UJ Soweto Campus- Click here  to enter

(PS. The prize is just the tickets no travel cost etc. )

Wine serving tips

August 4, 2011

Wine enhances the flavour of the food, makes the table look nice and can liven up a meal. But many people find it confusing. There are too many choices, it requires a special tool to open, and there’s the whole culture around wine supposedly dictating what goes with which food and what’s cool to drink.

Here’s a quick primer on how to incorporate wine into your holidays without hassles and embarrassment, and what basic items you need to present your drink perfectly.

The No. 1 rule is drink what you think tastes good, and have a couple of other offerings available that others might like. Your palate is about as individual as your fingerprints. What you like, someone else might avoid and vice versa, but that doesn’t mean the wine is bad. So serve a couple of wines and keep your bases covered.

Secondly, serve it in decent glasses. The shape of the glass really can affect the taste of a wine. It has to do with how the bowl of the glass channels the aroma – which is a big component of taste – to your nose. This is what wine lovers refer to when they are talking about the bouquet of a wine. Use a clear glass so you can see the wine. It’s worth the second or two to raise the stem toward light and just take a moment to appreciate the colour.

Next, get a good corkscrew. A flimsy old corkscrew can be a hassle and an embarrassment. Corkscrews are really not expensive and, ideally, you should have more than one in your home.

Now all you need is wine. Alto Red Wines has a wide range of excellent red wines which will be perfect for any occasion.

Source: LA Times Blogs