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Alto Pass, Ill. vineyard to celebrate 35 years in business

Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 8:14 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2021 at 3:53 AM CDT
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ALTO PASS, Ill. (KFVS) - Alto Vineyards is celebrating its 35 anniversary.

The family-owned vineyard is celebrating the occasion on September 25. They plan to have food, music, and a fireworks show.

Paul and Mary Jo Renzaglia are siblings working together at their family-owned business at Alto Vineyards.

“We’ve been a business now for about 35 years, so we have a long history here in southern Illinois,” said Renzaglia.

Grape Harvest is in full bloom this fall, and Alto Vineyards are celebrating with its annual harvest festival.

“Our festivals in September started as a 30-year anniversary for our winery and then we decided to go ahead and keep celebrating our harvest, which is typically at this time and invite our customers that have been so loyal to us over the years and give them something back,” Renzaglia said.

It’s the first vineyard in southern Illinois. Paul and Mary Jo’s father started it in 1988.

“When we first started there was only maybe three or four vineyards here in southern Illinois and only six wineries and at this stage now there’s probably 50 vineyards and over 100 wineries in Illinois right now,” said Renzaglia.

The winery festival will have music, food and fireworks.

Mary Jo said it’s their way to give back to the communities.

“It’s a huge event, especially during these times, I think people have been so stressed and worried rightfully so about COVID social distancing and we’re hoping that having this outside and letting people come and just appreciate the beautiful weather, the cross, and all the beautiful countryside will just give people a little bit of time to escape,” Renzaglia said.

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