Local fathers keep family tradition alive

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

ALTO PASS, IL (KFVS) - Fathers play a key role in family life for many in the Heartland. For the Renzaglia family in Alto Pass it's been their father and grandfather who have guided the family for more than two decades.

The family business, Alto Vineyards, is a dream come true for Guy Renzaglia. His son Paul took over the reigns when his father retired.

Family members still turn to one another for guidance with everything in their lives. "What he means to me on a personal level? He's one of the most supportive people in my life," said Rhiana Hopkins about her dad Paul.

"I can sit and talk to him about anything, he's one of the smartest people I know."

Now the third generation of the Renzaglia family is learning the family tradition of wine making. "I've learned how to work with my family, to not let any obstacles get in my way," Elissa Renzaglia said.

"I've learned to really work hard and that things can get tough at times but they're there to support me."

Paul he says working with his family has meant the world to him too. "The fact that they're also family is just that much more rewarding," said Paul Renzaglia.

"I thing that we can work together, we can accomplish the goals that we set out to accomplish. Who better to have covering your back then your family."

Alto Vineyards is the oldest winery on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. And recently the U.S. Small Business Administration named the winery one of the top family owned businesses in Illinois.

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