Alto – synonymous with South African red wine
Since 1919, the slopes of the Helderberg have provided ideal conditions for red grape varieties – and Alto has made a name for itself as one of South Africa's oldest and most respected red wine producers. Alto Rouge has been produced since the beginning and has become an icon among South African red wines. Those who visit the winery in the "Golden Triangle" can enjoy not only the full-bodied red wines but also the wonderful view of Table Mountain.
- Founding year
- Alto Wine Estate, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 7600 South Africa
- 92 hectares
- Flagship wine
- Alto M.P.H.S.
- Tasting Room
- Mon-Sun: 10:00 - 17:00
Bertho van der Westhuizen
Bertho van der Westhuizen is only the fifth winemaker in the winery's hundred-year history, taking over the position from one his father Schalk. Viticulture was almost in his cradle, as Bertho was born in a wine cellar near where he now works. In 2002, he graduated in viticulture and oenology from Stellenbosch University and spent his first harvest with his father Schalk at the Alto wine estate. His other positions included Kleine Zalze and Boschendal wine estates before Bertho returned to Alto as winemaker in 2015. "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."
Alto is a specialist for excellent red wine
Alto is one of the oldest and most respected producers of South African red wine. The winery is located on Annandale Road, where several wineries such as Peter Falke are located. Manie Malan and his father Hennie laid the foundation for Alto's success in 1919, recognising that the soils of decomposed granite on the slopes of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch are ideal for full-bodied premium red wines. Moreover, the location of the vineyards at an altitude of up to 500 metres above sea level on the warmer northern slopes of the Helderberg provides the best conditions for top-level South African wine.
Alto's focus is on Cabernet Sauvignon
World-class wines are made in the vineyard, is the motto at Alto, so the red wines reflect their Stellenbosch terroir superbly. The Alto Rouge is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Petit Verdot and has been produced since its beginnings in 1919. The Alto Rouge is very popular in South Africa and is one of the red wine icons in the Cape. The heart of the portfolio – which consists only of red wines – is the Cabernet Sauvignon, which has already been successful at several wine awards and has enjoyed numerous accolades from wine critics. Alto's best wine is the M.P.H.S. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc bears the initials of the estate's first four winemakers in its name.
Alto is a winery with tradition
In the hundred-year history of Alto, Bertho van der Westhuizen is only the fifth winemaker of the winery. He took over the position from his father Schalk van der Westhuizen in 2015. The two are the second father-son team in Alto's wine cellar after Piet and Hempies du Toit. Tradition and consistency are as much a trademark as innovation. This is the basis for excellent red wines, which can be enjoyed on Alto's terrace with the magnificent view of the Stellenbosch Hills.