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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  • Sauvignon

  • 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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  • Alto las Tacas Malbec 2005

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    Wine review by skreyen


  • Let's get some education going here. Has anyone else come across a new varietal or wine name they have never heard of before today?Mavrud: Mavrud is a unique red wine common only to the region of Thrace in Bulgaria. It is found around few cities in the central part of the country where the winter temperatures are not very low. The wines made fro... Read More

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  • Alto de la Hoya 2005

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    Great wine for the price. Medium to big body. Read More

    Wine review by Eudoro


  • Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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    This is a big, bold Cab Sauv. Very smooth, balanced, full fruit and bold tannins. Should be great with a grilled steak, game, or lamb. Read More

    Wine review by gerrygollw


  • Mark's choosing this week's Wine Friday wine. For later / throughout the weekend, the cupboard is pretty bare, so will go shopping tomorrow. Its crappy weather here, but I think some Alsace wines (pinot blanc and reisling), an oaky california chard all topped off with half a case of new world fruit bombs (malbec and cab i suspect). Read More

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  • [After a few quiz related posts in the Talk section, here and here, I thought we could try upping the ante. I'm pleased to welcome Rodolphe Boulanger to the blog for a follow-up to his 'Wine Trivia' post in which most people fared rather badly (and I, even worse). Rodolphe, who claims this quiz is slightly easier, is President of The Wine Messen... Read More

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