Alto Vineyards

+27 21 881 3884 PO Box 15
Lyndoch , MD 7603
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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 Noir synonym, especially in Italy. See Pinot Noir.

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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  • Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2005


    Leathery and gritty on the nose. Chewy and spicy in the mouth with an acidity that really crept up on me. The finish is long and enjoyable but this feels like it sets off on a journey and never quite gets there. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2005


    A robust meaty nose of ethyls and animal flesh. Its rich, layered with licorice and baked fruits and has a slightly tart, but solid finish. There's a lot of raw minerality, and even some delicate violet notes after the power has died away. A real bargain for $12! Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Alto Vineyards Shawnee Gold NV


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  • So here are a few questions. Answer them and you might get the answer to the main question.There is a bottle on my desk. What is it?1) What grape was original brought to California in the 1800's but didn't get commercially bottled until 1989?Hint - the plantings came from close to Mead Ranch on @@@@@ peak.2) This shares it's origins with the gra... Read More

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  • Wines Tasted:Flight 1 _ Sangiovese2005 J Pedroncelli Alto Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 91pts2006 Terra doro Amador County Sangiovese 86pts2005 Pietra Santa Cienega Valley Sangiovese 89ptsFlight 2 Other Italians2006 Montevina Amador County Aglianico 88pts2006 Bocella Rasott Campi Taurasini 89pts2004 Pietra Santa Dolcetto Cienega Valley 87ptsFlight ... Read More

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  • Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2005


    This has a great raw character, its a bit too woody but the light sour cherry,spice, herb and fruit notes are both intense and distinctive. There is a stoniness that is mouth watering and lovely notes of mushroom and watermelon accents the fruit.Lean on entry with great acidity and a nice mineral cut to the cherry pie filling fruit. Impressive l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • and fairly new to drinking wine. Does anyone have any good advice in selecting a nice wine for dark rich chocolate within a price range up to $35 for the bottle? I have tried a couple but no luck, I am willing to keep on trying till I hit the one that works. BTW Love this site so far. ^_^ Read More

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  • I have been to Alsace in France and Mosel in Germany and I think they are both very pretty! What's your favorite, let's share!!!!! Read More

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  • I'm going to be out in California for a few days next week, based in Santa Rosa, Sonoma and would love to meet a few of you Snooth users based out there. If you're around please come along. Here's the plan:Thursday 23rd October, 7.45pmRosso Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Santa Rosa (click here for map)We'll split the cost of the food (inexpensive) and e... Read More

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