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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 with demand. 2001 - Alto Vineyards breaks ground in Champaign for a second outlet located near the University of Illinois. Paul's sister Adelle and husband Jim and family begin selling Alto Vineyards wine in Central Illinois. 2003 - Paul's daughter Elissa begins career at Alto Vineyards. Continuing tradition with 3rd generation of Renzaglia family. 2004 - Alto Vineyards builds new outdoor pavilion and seating to accommodate growing crowds at annual wine festivals. To Present Day - Alto Vineyards has Won over 500 National and International awards in wine competitions across the nation, never forgetting the family philosophy to produce the highest quality wines possible. – Description from AlexJelena

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