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 four 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.
Our estate's sound reputation for producing world-class red wines can be ascribed, in part, to its excellent terroir. Located in the Stellenbosch Winelands, it is no coincidence that the area is known, locally, as the Golden Triangle. In summer, when the vines are drenched in sunshine, the late-afternoon sea breezes cool the grapes, lengthening the ripening period and preserving the complex flavours of our noble varietals.
Schalk van der Westhuizen is only the fourth Alto winemaker in our estate's eight decade history. His sheer devotion to the Stellenbosch Winelands and its produce continues to lead our estate into the future.