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Mark’s parents, Guy and Betty Renzaglia planted their first grape vines on their new vineyard site in Alto Pass, Illinois in 1982. At the time, Alto Pass was a dry county (no alcohol production or sales allowed) and the grape industry of Illinois was virtually non-existent. It’s safe to say there was some considerable push back to the idea of the establishment of a vineyard and winery in the area. During the early years of Alto Vineyards, Mark and his “Aussie wife” Sandy got a taste of the challenge and gratification of the grape and wine industry as they spent their youthful energy assisting “Alto” in its early development.
Fast forward three generations and wine making has entwined itself within Renzaglia DNA. In 1997, back in Australia, Mark and Sandy planted their first small acreage of grapes. This became their Bella Luna vineyard in the O’Connell Valley, NSW. There were no other vineyards in the O’Connell Valley at that time, as was the case for Guy and Betty in Alto Pass.

Sons Sam and Paul are around too, growing into the business that has surrounded them their whole lives. Sam returned to Bathurst in 2016 after some time spent “around” and is now fully devoted to this rural life we live. Paul will finish his studies in 2021 – watch this space.

The vineyard has recently expanded in size and the wine is now all being produced in their new winery building overlooking the original vine plantings.

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