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Alto Estate

The winery in the South African wine district of Stellenbosch was founded in 1919 by Hennie Malan. In 1959 the estate passed into the ownership of the du Toit family and since 1999 it has been owned by Lusan Premium Wines. The vineyards cover 93 hectares on the granite foothills of the Helderberg. They start near the sea and then climb 300 metres uphill for three kilometres. The varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz are cultivated there. The climate is ideal for red wines. Already in 1922 the "Alto Rouge", as it was then called, was exported to England. This Bordeaux-style cuvée is one of the best red wines in South Africa and has received more than 70 gold awards over the years. In the 1990s the wine was renamed "Alto Estate". It is blended from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz and matures for 18 months in French barriques. Cabernet Sauvignon 1984, aged for 24 months in barriques, was the only wine from South Africa to win the "Grand Prix d'Honneur" at the VINEXPO in Bordeaux. Around 25,000 cases of wine are produced annually.

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