SAVE THE DATE – Fri/Sat/Sun – September 14/15/16, 2018

2018 marks 30 years of winemaking we’d love to have you, our Alto friends and family, join us for Alto’s 30th Anniversary Weekend. Celebrate Southern Illinois winemaking history and toast to the future at our three day festival with specialty wine releases, food, bands, and more!

 
Friday 9/14 – Alto’s 30th Anniversary Gala

Join us in kicking off the weekend at the Gala! Get dressed up, experience a 4-course meal from Cristaudo’s paired with Alto Vineyards wines. See Alto’s historic articles photos, vintage bottles from the past 30 years, visit the Original Tasting Room, and enjoy specialty releases of Porto di Guido and Oaked Chardonel Reserve. Doors and cocktail hour starts at 5 with dinner at 6p.
Dinner includes:

– Toasted Crostini and house made Crackers w/ local herbed Quark Cheese, paired with 30th Anniversary Chardonel
– Fall Greens Salad with local toasted Pecans and local Apples with a Rosato Vinaigrette, paired with Vidal Blanc
– Main entreé of Braised Short Ribs marinated in red wine and fresh local Italian herbs (vegetarian option is Braised Tempe), served with local Polenta, local Mushrooms, and sauteed Squash, paired with your choice of 30th Anniversary Chambourcin or Norton
– Dessert of Zabaglione (a rich white wine custard) with macerated local Peaches and Blackberries, paired with 2017 Late Harvest Reserve Gold

We’ll also be enojying a secret bonus pairing with the Porto! Finish the night off dancing with jazz from The Jewels. Tickets for the Gala are $80 each (or $140 per couple) and will sell out soon!

 
Saturday 9/15 – Cajun Fest
We’re bringing back Cajun Fest! In the early days of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, this was one of the largest festivals in the area. We’ll have Cajun food for sale (gumbo, shrimp and more!), music with King Juba from 2-6p and Creole Stomp from 6-9p, and close out the night with a fireworks show!
 
Sunday 9/16 – Customer Appreciation Day
Stop in for drink specials, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, grab bags, door prizes on the hour, and extra special sales and discounts.
 
Friday’s Gala will be the only ticketed event – the rest of the weekend is free admission. See you at Alto!