Over 25 years ago, Paul Renzaglia never would have thought that a family venture would have such a profound effect on Southern Illinois and its community. From the very first plantings in 1982, the Renzaglia family and Alto Vineyards were committed to introducing a new industry to the region. President and
A TIMELINE OF ALTO VINEYARDS HISTORY
1985 – Guy’s son Paul came back home to attend Graduate School and decided to help establish his father’s dream.
1986 – Sold
1988 – In May, construction began on a small 600
1989 – Alto Vineyards wins first medals in International Wine Competition. Chambourcin wine begins to develop recognition as one of the finest wines in the country.
1995 – Alto vineyards builds
1997 – Alto Vineyards wine festivals start drawing crowds of people, from 800 to 1,200 per day.
2000 – Wine production increases from 8,000 gallons to 25,000 gallons to keep up with demand.
2001 – Alto Vineyards breaks ground in Champaign for a second outlet located near the University of Illinois. Paul’s sister Adelle and husband Jim and family begin selling Alto Vineyards wine in Central Illinois.
2003 – Paul’s daughter Elissa begins
2004 – Alto Vineyards builds new outdoor pavilion and seating to accommodate growing crowds at annual wine festivals.
To Present Day – Alto Vineyards has Won over 500 National and International awards in wine competitions across the nation, never forgetting the family philosophy to produce the highest quality wines possible.