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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  • Syrah

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

  • Pinot Nero

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

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  • Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris. We’ve talked about the wines before and in all honesty it can get boring to talk about Pint Gris, unless you shake things up a bit.Most of us instinctively turn toward Italy to get our Grigio fix, a reaction that has been beaten into us through incessant advertising and media placements. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not ... Read More

    From the article Revisiting Pinot Grigio's Range

  • Alto Rouge 2006


    2008 vintage: Cab, Cab franc, Merlot, Shiraz blend - great casual drinking wine! Read More

    Wine review by mrincredible

  • Had one of those once in a lifetime days betting the ponies today.  With the winnings, i'm probably going to be budgeting up to $1500.00 on some more expensive wines I haven't been able to afford in the $80-$200 range.  Any suggestions?  I favor a right-bank bordeaux style for reds but also enjoy a medium bodied cabernet style, along with rhone ... Read More

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  • Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2004


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    Wine review by Polly4

  • I've just returned from the International Malbec Days in Cahors, a festival meant to elevate the profile of "original" Malbec, and offer insight into the relationship between old world and new world expressions of the varietal.I'll be writing more about both the trip and the region, but for now, I wanted to offer highlights. I had limited exposu... Read More

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  • Welcome to The Grapevine! In this new weekly feature, we'll be asking our favorite experts the questions that really matter: how they fell in love with wine, what wine trend they'd love to see end, and what they'll be drinking on their deathbed. You'll find no 100-point scale at Craig Camp's award-winning Wine Camp Blog, just thoughtful comm... Read More

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  • Alto Vineyards Chancellor 2005


    This is my favorite wine. It is very tart but has so much more character on the palate. I get plums, berries, and caramel on the nose. Read More

    Wine review by piccoj

  • Ahhh... So many wines, so little time, and such a small budget... I am trying so hard to learn the world of wines as best I can, but this experience is truly one I have to take on my own. (Thank goodness for Snooth!). So my dilemma... I am trying to find reasonably priced wines that suit my tastes as well as my food preference. I do not eat r... Read More

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  • There's always talk about white and red. What are good Rose wines that you can recommend? Read More

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  • I´ve read a lot lately on biodynamic wines and how the position of the moon and other things can affect the vines growth or even the wine tasting, mostly on phylosophical grounds believing that "Biodynamics takes organic farming practices and wraps them as broader conception of the farm / the vineyard as a coherent organism, where inputs and out... Read More

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