In Their Words
Alto History & Location
Situated high on the slopes of the imposing Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, you will find South Africa’s oldest red wine estate. The trellised vineyards cling to the high granite slopes that rise from 100 to 500 metres above sea level, which are ideal for the cultivation of red grape varietals.
Alto is a farm with a rich history. The first title deeds date back to 1693, but it was only in 1919 that the farm was given over entirely to vineyard. For close to a century, Alto has built a reputation as one of the most respected red wine producers in South Africa and this was thanks to the foresight of farmer Manie Malan and his family, who recognised that the property’s unique aspect, soils and slopes were ideal for crafting full-bodied red wines. They named the farm Alto: homage to both the farm’s altitude and the family’s pursuit of excellence.
The cellar and homestead they built still stand on the estate today. The Malan’s nurtured and expanded these vineyards for four decades, before selling the property to Piet du Toit in 1959. On purchasing the farm, Du Toit employed a team of experts to evaluate the terroir and soils, to confirm if the right cultivars were planted across the estate. The consensus? Manie Malan’s intuition couldn’t be faulted. Alto was, and remains, the realm of superlative red wines.
Alto Operating Hours
Wine Tasting: open daily 10am-5pm (last tasting 1 hour prior).
Live Music: please contact the farm to check details.
Cellar Tours: self-guided access available.
Closed Good Friday, 25 Dec & 1 Jan. All times, prices and facilities listed are subject to change. We recommend checking latest details directly with the farm and pre-booking experiences wherever possible, to avoid disappointment.
Alto Wine Tasting
Alto is situated in the heart of the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’, and the farm’s position on the warmer northern slopes of the Helderberg make it ideally suited to red wine production. Nothing quite compares to a visit to this iconic Estate, experiencing the wines in the very place they are grown and made.
Guests are free to take a stroll through the working barrel cellar, or relax on our patio or lawn to enjoy Alto’s wines with a beautiful view of the Stellenbosch Hills and Table Mountain. To accompany our wine tasting we offer a Biltong & Wine Pairing as well as Cheese & Charcuterie platters. Bookings essential for groups of 6 or more.
Wine Tasting Prices
We offer an Alto Tasting for R50pp including 4 pre-selected wines, an Estate Tasting for R65pp (featuring the Estate Blend), the flagship MPHS Tasting for R75pp or a Premium Tasting for R120pp for all 7 wines. These are subject to availability.
Alto also offer a 5 Wines & Biltong Pairing for R140pp, plus a cheese or charcuterie platter. Prices for platter start from R160.
Alto does not offer a full service restaurant however platters are available to enjoy alongside your wine tasting. Please see Wine Tasting section above for more information and prices.
Alto Tours & Activities
Guests are free to take a stroll through Alto’s working barrel cellar, however should you have any other requests for tours or group events, please contact the Estate and they will be able to advise.
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