Alto Vineyards

+1 618-893-4898 P.O. Box 51, Highway 127
Alto Pass, MD 62905
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1985 - Guy's son Paul came back home to attend Graduate School and decided to help establish his father's dream. 1986 - Sold first vintage of grapes to the Kohler Family at Lynfred Winery in Chicago area. At the time, there were only 38 acres of commercial grapes being grown in the state of Illinois. 1988 - In May, construction began on a small 600 sq. ft. winery. In December, Alto Vineyards released it's first 1,500 gallons of Illinois wine and sells out in 3 days. At the time, there were only 6 other wineries in the state of Illinois. 1989 - Alto Vineyards wins first medals in International Wine Competition. Chambourcin wine begins to develop recognition as one of the finest wines in the country. 1995 - Alto vineyards builds new addition to the original building and expands production from 3,000 gallons to 8,000 gallons. 1997 - Alto Vineyards wine festivals start drawing crowds of people, from 800 to 1,200 per day. 2000 - Wine production increases from 8,000 gallons to 25,000 gallons to keep up Read more »

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  • So what’s the first thing you think of when you read Cariñena? I thought of the grape Cariñena, aka Carignane, eponymous as it is. What I did not think of was the region Cariñena in Spain’s province of Aragon. Why is that? It’s a good question, and one I resolved while visiting the region briefly early last month. Cariñena the region doesn’t jum... Read More

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  • Perhaps we could use a place to share recent purchases...Here are some '12 Burlotto Langhe Nebbiolo, which came highly recommended from a trusted friend who just got back from a month in Italy. I'm not seeing many available in the States quite yet, but was happy to find these locally. Read More

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  • It’s the heart of winter here in the northern hemisphere, a time when our attentions turn to robust red wines. One wine in particular seems to be relegated to these cold months, and that is a bit of a shame. I’m talking about the often misunderstood Amarone. A powerful wine, one with relatively high alcohol and rich flavors, but one that often i... Read More

    From the article Understanding Amarone


  • This could be so easy. Barolo, Amarone, Chateauneuf du Pape, Bordeaux, Port. Voila, done. All the greatest wines for winter and we can all stop, but that's not the point, that's rarely the point. The point is, especially vividly on this day, to discover.Now granted for many those wines would be a discovery, but not for all. It's a proven list, u... Read More

    From the article 5 Great Winter Reds


  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that would make for some splendid gifting. I’ve covered Cabernet, Pinot Noir, the wines of France and today I turn my attention towards Italy. Without a doubt my favorite wine producing country; Italy is home to more variety and styles of wine than anyplace else on the planet. As... Read More

    From the article Wine Gifts: Italy


  • Hi, I've found this Hungarian Pinot Noir wine on an online pharmacy here:http://www.my-lifespan.com/redwinehighinresveratrol.htmlThey claim it to be therapeutic for health, saying it's a special brand wich may lower chloesterol, and help keep a good cardiovascular function, as it's a unique version. I've actually bought  and tasted it, and I mus... Read More

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  • As I sit here trying to come to some conclusion it occurs to me that perhaps I am going about this all wrong. I amafter all a wine snob. Yes, it’s true, I am biased and I know it. I am first and foremost a red wine drinkerso when I think of the best regions my thoughts automatically run towards things like Nebbiolo and Piedmont, PinotNoir and Bu... Read More

    From the article Region of the Year 2013


  • To a certain extent there is a general sentiment that Pinot Gris(gio) of a certain price has two responsibilities; and those at a lesser price need share in only the primary responsibility and that is to be refreshing. With the exception of Alsace Pinot Gris, which can often be refreshing but are just built within a different paradigm in mind,  ... Read More

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  • While traveling through Napa Valley last month I noticed that all the Vineyards I visited had roses planted around their crops. They're planted and watched closely for any early signs of infestation on the land. They monitor the Roses closely and upon early signs of problems, protective measures are taken to make sure the grape vines receive a s... Read More

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  • I am serving a Cream of Kalamata Olive soup with avocados, cream, a bit of butter, white vermouth, chicken broth and a bit of vinegar. What wine would you recommend with this soup? It is served warm. Also, it doesn't say what kind of vinegar to use and I'm thinking sherry. what do you think? Read More

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