Alta Vineyards


Alta is a wine brand committed to the Adelaide Hills, a region renowned for producing outstanding cool climate fruit that is unique in its varietal expression reflecting the variation in mesoclimates across the region. What emerged as a single varietal in 2004, the Alta Sauvignon Blanc, has now grown into exceptional portfolio of wines which include Alta Sauvignon Blanc, Alta Pinot Grigio, Alta "For Elsie" Pinot Noir Rose, and Alta Shiraz. Each wine is unique in its varietal expression but together the four wines encapsulate the essence of the Adelaide Hills. Along with the support of distributor Mezzanine, Alta has enjoyed significant growth in both sales and brand recognition over the last 10 years and with plans to extend the portfolio with a selection of high quality reds in the not too distant future, there is exciting times ahead!

Location Description

Located in the heart of Hahndorf, South Australia.


  • Small producer of Central Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Four years at Adelaide University’s Roseworthy campus studying Oenology and seven years working for Orlando Wyndham as both red and white winemaker, producing wines from all over Australia and France, was enough to convince Sarah that the Adelaide Hills is an outstanding and distinctive wine region.

"Working at Orlando gave me the opportunity to work alongside many industry legends such as John Vickery an Philip Laffer. When I left Orlando, I had a great knowledge base and enough confidence to pursue my dream of owning my own brand. Of all the wine regions I have made wine from, I have been most impressed by the uniqueness and potential of the Adelaide Hills so, when approached in 2004 to take on Alta, I jumped at the chance."

Since then, Sarah has continued to expand on the Alta portfolio, producing consistent, award winning wines that enjoy a strong consumer following.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

High above Napa Valley, our own home estate 10-acre vineyard located at an elevation of 1650 feet on the eastern slope of Atlas Peak. The Alta Vineyard faces the Suisun Bay to the southeast and the Vaca Mountains to the East. At this elevation, the vineyard is cooler than Napa in the afternoons, but being above the fog, the vines enjoy sunshine as soon as dawn break. Our vines are rooted in rocky volcanic soils. The impoverished soil limits the crop to just about 1 to 1.5 tons per acre of intense fruit. All these elements provide an ideal and uniform growing season. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are our two main varietals. Our vineyard supplies fruit to our own Alta label; the rest of the grapes are under long term contract to our famed neighbor, Kongsgaard Winery.

H4 Vineyard:

Hillside vineyard in the Eastern Hills of the Napa Valley. This Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is right across the road from the historic Hubcap Ranch and provides us with intense hillside fruit. All the fruit from H4 vineyard is certified organic.

Beard Vineyard:

Our single vineyard Chardonnay offering is from the Beard Vineyard in the Yountville District of the Napa Valley. The Beard family are fifth generation Napa farmers; the family has been working their 30 acre ranch since the late 1800s. The vineyard is low yielding, producing quality fruit which gives our limited Chardonnay release intense flavors.

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102 Main Street Hahndorf
Hahndorf , South Australia 5245

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