Alto mate recipe and wine pairings prepared by Alto Wine Estate.

We all know how stressful meal plans can be. School never prepared us for the pressure of having to decide what to eat. Each. Lonely. Night. But fortunately Alto Wine Estate in Stellenbosch understands our pain and offers recipes and wine.

Discover eight dishes that you can comfortably prepare at home, specially paired with one of Alto’s exceptional wines.

Alto Wine Estate has earned a reputation as one of the most respected and oldest red wine producers in South Africa. The estate sprawled along the steep northern slopes of the Helderberg mountain range over a hundred years ago.

They boast an impressive range of wines that are known for their collectibility, quality, heritage, tradition and, most importantly, their full-bodied characteristics. Their wines have won countless awards over the decades.

Not that you need more reasons to love Alto wines, but here are eight dishes you can enjoy at home while sipping your favorite Alto wine:

Alto Estate Blend
paired with smoked chicken stew with rooibos, lemon and rosemary

Sunday is the perfect day for fried chicken. This recipe combines the smoky South African flavor of braai with the earthiness of rooibos and rosemary and the bright sourness of lemon. A braai kettle is best for both smoking and roasting chicken at the same time, but chicken can also be cooked in the oven if that’s more convenient. Unbeatable comfort food, few dishes taste like a can of fried chicken.

The preparation time for this dish is about 15 minutes and the cooking time is 40 to 60 minutes. This dish is designed for about four people.

Read the recipe here.

Alto Estate Blend paired with smoked fried chicken with rooibos, lemon and rosemary. Painting: Alto Stellenbosch

Alto Shiraz
combined with steak prego roll

This is an easy recipe that comes in handy on weekdays when food needs to be on the table quickly. An iconic Portuguese street food, the prego roll, known to us in South Africa, gets its spicy flavor from Mozambique’s hot peri-peri sauce. This is a sauce recipe that you are sure to use over and over again.

The cooking time for this dish is 25 minutes and the cooking time is about 20 minutes. The recipe is enough for two, but it can easily be doubled.

Find the recipe here.

Alto Shiraz paired with prego roll steak. Painting: Alto Stellenbosch

Cabernet Sauvignon
paired with smoked chorizo ​​and shrimp paella

Do you need something for a dinner party? This combination of paella and cabernet sauvignon will blow your mind. Paella is a festive combination of strong Spanish flavor and one of the most popular “surf and peat” dishes. Featuring smoked chorizo, crispy pork belly and juicy shrimp, this rich, flavorful recipe pairs beautifully with strong red wines like Alto Cabernet Sauvignon.

This dish will take 10 minutes to prep and about 40 minutes to cook. It can serve up to six people.

Read the recipe here.

Cabernet Sauvignon paired with smoked chorizo ​​and shrimp paella. Painting: Alto Stellenbosch

Alto Rouge
paired with fried lamb chops with anchovies, parsley and gremolata capers

Spice up your lamb chops with this quick and easy rattlesnake. Full of Mediterranean flavor, gremolata is an Italian herb sauce flavored with lemon zest, parsley and garlic. Delicious with most meats, the salty flavors of anchovies and capers pair especially well with the rich flavor of lamb rib chops.

The cooking time for this dish is 15 minutes plus marinating, and the cooking time should be about 10 minutes. This recipe is enough for four.

Read the recipe here.

Alto Rouge paired with fried lamb chops with anchovies, parsley and gremolata capers. Painting: Alto Stellenbosch

Alto Rouge
paired with cheese garlic crostini sauce

Serving snacks? Nothing beats a cheesy garlic sauce paired with Alto Rouge. Maturity and sweetness in Alto Rouge balance the taste of smoke, spiciness and spice. This full-flavoured wine will also handle the extra weight and texture gained from char-grilled meat.

Read this easy recipe here.

Alto Rouge paired with cheese garlic sauce and crostini. Painting: Alto Stellenbosch

Cabernet Sauvignon
combined with sweet and spicy ostrich kebab

Ostrich may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but paired with an award-winning Alto Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a dream come true. Salt, especially when combined with rich, fatty foods, softens the tannins in rich, full-bodied wines such as Alto Cabernet Sauvignon.

Read the recipe here.

Cabernet Sauvignon paired with sweet and spicy ostrich skewers. pattern: viola

Alto Shiraz
in combination with the Alfresco dish

Alto Shiraz; with its good tannic base it can also carry the extra weight that smokiness adds to any dish. Delicate spicy quality combined with dark fruitiness makes it the perfect accompaniment to smoky biltong. This recipe includes baked feta and red pepper hummus with hazelnuts.

Add fresh vegetables, cold meats, cheese, pita bread, capers, nuts, droé and grapes to create a visually beautiful and tasty dish.

Read the recipe here.

Alto Shiraz paired with Alfresco. Painting: Alto Stellenbosch

Alto MPHS
paired with pizza with mushrooms and prosciutto

It has strong weekend vibes. Learn how to make all the ingredients for this dish, including the pizza base and tomato base, and reward your hard work with a glass of Alto MPHS. Fermentation releases more umami flavors in full-bodied, well-aged wines such as Alto MPHS. The taste of this rich wine pairs well with umami products such as Alto Biltong red wine with parmesan and white truffle.

Read the recipe here:

Alto MPHS paired with mushroom and prosciutto pizza. Painting: Alto Stellenbosch

Deciding what to eat during the week doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult. Choose one of these delicious recipes, crack open a bottle of Alto wine and let yourself be rewarded with a feast of flavors after a hard day’s work.

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Painting: Alto Stellenbosch

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