Commemorating its silver anniversary, Alto Vineyards is hosting a soirée, open to the public to celebrate three generations of winemaking, and most of all to thank their many loyal supporters throughout these 25 years. A light fare will be provided along with music by Carter and Connelley on Saturday December 14, from 4-7 pm at the vineyard.
Said owner Paul Renzaglia of the upcoming event, “I am continually blown away by the amount of support we have received through the years. We want to show our customers they are appreciated more than they know.” Visitors who have not yet seen the new tasting room at the vineyard will be able to experience it outfitted in cozy, holiday décor.
The 25th anniversary is a milestone for any business. Alto Vineyards
was established in the spring of 1981 with the first plantings of grapes, both French-American hybrids and Native American varieties. Beginning in 1985, Alto Vineyards sold their first crop of grapes, and realized they were making about 6 cents per hour. Something had to change. So the Renzaglia’s turned their next crop into wine, and in 1988, Alto Vineyards released 1500 gallons of their first vintage and sold out in three days. Alto Vineyards now boasts over 22 wines, including the award-winning Chambourcin and the Shawnee Gold. The new 5,000 square foot tasting room was added this year to meet the present–day demands of a higher volume of wine enthusiasts.
“It’s been a great ride,” said Renzaglia “and we couldn’t have done it without all the friends, family and support.”