Our Wines


Alto is situated high 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 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.

Alto 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 flavors 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 Rouge, is a Cape institution for over 50 years and has become known as this country’s “own red blend”. When asked to name a typical “Cape blend”that is not Bordeau in style, Alto Rouge immediately comes to mind.

Visit our website for more info on our amazing Red wines.


One Comment on “Our Wines”

  1. Frans Cronje Says:

    I love Alto Rouge and Alto Shiraz. I have never had the oppertunity to taste your other wines and I dont really want to go to the Soweto Wine Festival. I’m from Centurion and will monitor for other events you may have later in the year.

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