Wine Channel TV and Alto Vineyards talk French American Hybrid Wines
Wine that tastes delicious and comes with a great story is something I’m always looking for, and I happened to find just that with Alto Vineyards in Illinois.
I met with Elissa from Alto Vineyards at the 3rd Annual Art of Illinois Wine Festival in Springfield, Illinois. Alto is one of the oldest wineries in Southern Illinois, and they’ve been going strong for over 20 years.
Elissa informed me that Alto grows all of their varieties in Illinois soil and they’re known for their French American hybrid wines; which is in contrast to typical crossings between grape varieties of the same species, typically Vitis Vinifera, the European grapevine and classic varietals you may know such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay.
Chambourcin is their best selling dry red wine, similar to a drier Cabernet with lush plum and blackberry notes, and is around $18.
Alto has won numerous accolades for their wines, as mentioned on their site they’ve garnered “over 500 National and International awards in wine competitions across the nation, never forgetting the family philosophy to produce the highest quality wines possible.”
Watch WineChannelTV with this legendary Illinois vineyard to see what makes their wine so special!