History

The Latin name for Alto is a reference to the altitudes of our vineyards and the estate’s own aspirations of excellence. Since 1920, only five winemakers have crafted our portfolio of internationally acclaimed red wines.

Our history dates back to 1693, when it formed part of the larger Groenrivier farm granted by Simon van der Stel. Wine only became the farm’s focus in the 1920s when the Malan family began to transform the untamed land into vineyards.

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The Winemaker

Not many wine estates can boast only five winemakers in a century. And even fewer can claim two father and son combinations over the same period. Bertho van der Westhuizen took over the reins from his well-known father, Schalk, on 1 May 2015.

Our Location

With the range of wines made entirely from grapes grown on the estate, the foundation for Alto’s success over the years has always been its remarkable terroir.

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. And yet the diversity of the farm allows for enormous complexity in the vineyards.

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