The beautiful Alto Estate off Annandale Road is renowned for its red wines and amazing vistas. Not many wine estates can boast only five winemakers in a century. And even fewer can claim two father and son combinations over the same period. Bertho van der Westhuizen took over the reins from his well-known father, Schalk, on 1 May 2015. Before them it was Piet du Toit who handed over the responsibilities to his son, Hempies, the former Springbok prop.
“If you talk to anybody about red wine, Alto’s name will be one of five estates mentioned, and usually in the top three. Its reputation for classically structured wines is well-deserved, and it is therefore a massive honour and privilege to be able to make wine here. The vineyards thrive in the estate’s unique terroir, and my role will be to work carefully and judiciously in the cellar with the best fruit from the vineyards.” Bertho van der Westhuizen, Winemaker at Alto
On any day, you can leisurely taste the delicious Alto wines with Niel van Schalkwyk under the trees at the tasting room, But on Human Rights Day, we are opening some Alto M.P.H.S – the wine that has an acronym for a name. It stands for 4 great winemakers of the past at Alto, namely: Manie, Piet, Hempies and Schalk. Here comes a good story. Come join us in the winelands.
Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am-4pm.
Alto is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 881 3884