Alto Wines – July – Johannesburg
You are cordially invited to OUR FIRST Come Wine With Us & ALTO Wines winter warmer #CRAFTEDCARE evening.
Look forward to an evening where winemaker Bertho Van Der Westhuizen shares his insights and passion about everything RED wine along with local Joburg renowned Chef James Diack’s presents us his NEW restaurant La Stalla in Melville topped off with acoustic sessions with Faraway George.
Each guest will get the chance to enjoy a welcome glass of MCC as well as a three course ‘Red Wine’ inspired meal enjoyed with ALTO ‘s premium wines.
|Venue:||La Stalla , 7th Street, Melville, JHB|
|Date:||Wednesday 25 July and |
Thursday 26 July
|Dress Code:||A touch of RED, BORN AND BRED|
|Cost:||R430 pp for three course inspired meal, wine and entertainment|
About Alto Wines
Alto is a farm with a rich history, befitting its status as one of the icon estates of the Western Cape winelands. The first title deeds date back to 1693, but it was only in 1919 that the farm was given over entirely to vineyard.
That was thanks to the foresight of the farmer Manie Malan who, together with his father Hennie, recognised that the property’s unique aspect, soils and slopes were ideal for crafting full-bodied red wines. They named the farm Alto, homage to both the farm’s altitude and the family’s pursuit of excellence. The cellar and homestead they built still stand on the estate today.The Malan’s nurtured and expanded these vineyards for four decades, before selling the property to Piet du Toit in 1959. On purchasing the farm Du Toit employed a team of experts to evaluate the terroir and soils, and confirm if the right cultivars were planted across the estate. The consensus? Manie Malan’s intuition couldn’t be faulted. Alto was, and remains, the realm of superlative red wines.
In 1983 Piet retired, handing the honour of Alto winemaker to his son Hempies du Toit, a man as famous for his exploits on the rugby field as in the wine cellar. With the turn of the century came a new winemaker in Schalk van der Westhuizen, who further cemented Alto’s reputation in South Africa and abroad.
In 2015 he continued the Alto tradition of passing the baton down through the generations, with his son Bertho van der Westhuizen becoming only the fifth winemaker in Alto’s long history.
With a B.Sc. degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Stellenbosch University, Bertho van der Westhuizen is the cellar master and winemaker at Alto, and a man keenly aware of the hundred years of heritage gazing down from the cellar walls
While tradition is very important at Alto, re-invention is part of the philosophy that drives the creation of new traditions in its pursuit of excellence.“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.”
Read More about Alto Wines here
About La Stalla
La Stalla which means “The Stable”. A homey restaurant with a wholesome approach is a welcome addition to Melville’s vibey 7th Street.
Farm to fork and nose to tail philosophies reside at the core of all Chef Diack’s restaurants and La Stalla is no exception. Every item on La Stalla’s menu will be prepared using mainly the ingredients from his family farm, Brightside Farm.
To give character to La Stalla, Diack has teamed up with Rausharn Griffin, who he’s been working with since 2014. Together they are serving up a variety of soulful, delicious and affordable small plates, a wood-fired pizzas and farm-fresh salads. The bruschetta with a variety of toppings, and arancini stuffed and dusted with wild-boar bacon are mouth-watering must-tries!
They’re also keeping their homemade gelatos! So, whether you like yours stacked up in a cone or neatly set in a bowl it’s yours for the taking five days a week.
About Faraway George
Faraway George is one of the young, new voices on the South African music scene. Originally from the small town of Robertson in the Western Cape, this Afrikaans and English singer/songwriter burst on the scene when his 1st radio single Nooit Te Laat was picked up by Jacaranda FM in June 2016.
Faraway George’s music can be described as modern folk and some roots of blues, as a young boy he was greatly influenced by jazz and rock music and started playing guitar when he was 14 years old.
By August 2015 George left his day job in Robertson and moved to Pretoria. He started recording his first EP and has played no less than 120 shows in the past 12 months. In 2016 he was handpicked to be the support act for multi-award winning Elvis Blue, Touring with Elvis on his Erens In Die Middel Van Nerens Tour.
To listen and read more about Faraway George click here