Cellar Master

Bertho van der Westhuizen

"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.”

Bertho van der Westhuizen

Cellar Master

It was perhaps inevitable that Bertho, only the fifth winemaker in the estate’s 100-year history, would become a winemaker at Alto. He was born in a wine cellar not far from Alto and when his father Schalk moved to the estate, he spent a large part of his youth amongst the vines and in the cellar.

He studied a Bachelor of Science in Oenology and Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch and spent many years at wineries across the winelands, before returning to the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains.

“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.”