Alto Wine Estate
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.
The Oldest Red Wine Estate
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 history
Visiting Alto Wine Estate
Today, Alto Wine Estate sports 93 hectares of land under vines and has earned more than 70 gold medals in local and international wine competitions. You can find out more about our long history, taste and buy our wines by visiting our estate.
The Golden Triangle
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.
Learn more about the terroir
A Passionate 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.