Bertho van der Westhuizen
Bertho van der Westhuizen is only the fifth winemaker in the estate’s 100-year history and took the reins from his father Schalk in 2015. A tall, humble man with a jovial demeanour, Bertho is keenly aware of the history that precedes him.
It was perhaps inevitable that he would embark on a career in wine. Circumstances led to Bertho being born in a wine cellar not far from his current workplace.
Returning to Alto could not have been a better match. It was the Alto air he breathed and its vineyards in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain that he roamed until they became his to take care of.
``If you talk to anybody about red wine, Alto’s name will be one of five estates mentioned, and usually in the top three,`` says Bertho. ``Its reputation for classically structured wines is well-deserved, and it is therefore a massive honour and privilege to be able to make wine here. The vineyards thrive in the estate’s unique terroir.``
In his care are the wines of an estate that is one of South Africa's most respected red wine producers.
A big rugby fan who always loves a traditional South African braai, Bertho is married to Mitzi. They have two children, Sara-May and Schalk.