ALTO PASS, IL (KFVS) - An Alto Pass vineyard recently received the highest number of gold medals awarded in the Illinois State Fair wine competition and the Michigan Great Lakes Great Wine competition.
Alto Vineyards also earned 10 silver and 9 bronze medals. They continued to be judged among the best in the Midwest's wind industry.
Paul Renzaglia, owner and winemaker of Alto Vineyards says,
“The (Shawnee Hills) AVA brings another dimension to help validate our region as a unique and viable growing area in the United States," said Paul Renzaglia, owner and winemaker of Alto Vineyards. "Grapes from the Shawnee Hills can be comparable to Napa Valley or any well-known region, and has the potential to push Southern Illinois wine to new levels of respect throughout the winemaking world.”