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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  • Pinot Nero

    Pinot Noir synonym, especially in Italy. See Pinot Noir.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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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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  • De Martino Single Vineyard Carmenere Alto de Piedras Case of 6 Bottles 2010

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    A bit tight but showing compelling complexity with floral, tobacco, and green peppercorn spice aromas framing the core of blue plum and black currant fruit. There's noticeable dose of oak here, but it remains buffered by the fruit. Rich with fruit tannins, this really pops on entry with bright, pure boysenberry and plum fruit layered over toasty... 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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  • No wonder there's not enough knowledge. We don't entice anyone and we have too many taxes. Have a look at this well recived speach.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-setgAAfNM&list=UUGoaWS_meQV6VkSn1N5VZbA&index=6 Read More

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  • The Alto Adige, one of Italy’s smallest and most northern wine regions, is perhaps best known for its aromatic and mineral-driven white wines. Did you know that they produce an amazing range of delicious red wines, as well?Nestled between Austria and Switzerland, Alto Adige’s diverse climate and vineyard elevations create a variety of terroirs. ... Read More

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  • Pinot Blanc is the lost sibling of the Pinot family.We’re all familiar with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, two varieties of wine that get more than their fair share of attention, but what about Pinot Blanc? In theory, though this often tends not to be the case, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are closely related siblings. The primary difference is that P... Read More

    From the article Pinot Blanc, It Ain't all Gris.


  • I used to spend a LOT of time on snooth, but a job assignment took me away for awhile.  I am seeing some new faces, and some old.  As one who is catching up, I would like to hear from some new people here.   I think/hope we all share not only a love for wine, but a desire to share our experience.  Welcome, new Snoothers! Read More

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  • I am a dyed in the wool fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlots, Sangiovese's and a few Chardonnays and Pinot Grigio's. I am trying to widen my spectrum to include Pinot Noir's. I live in the Pacific Northwest so the Pinot Noir's are readily available due to the large varieties from Oregon.Before I embark on purchasing some different brands I would l... Read More

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  •  Hi! I'm the owner of Plonk Wine Merchants, a boutique style online wine shop that operates the Plonk Wine Club, a monthly wine club that features 4 small production, artisanal, and hidden gem wines each month. Plonk is all about bang for buck and all of the wines in the Plonk Wine Club and in the store are priced at $30 and below. Plonk also sp... Read More

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  • I generally avoid wine clubs of any sort, even at my favorite wineries--I'm too promiscuous to sign up to drink 12 or 24 botles of someone's wine in a year--but I am a member of Mauritson's Rockpile list, because there's no longer any way to get the Cemetery Zinfandel and good luck getting any of the others, either.  Since I have in-laws up that... Read More

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