Alvi is short for Albertus Viljoen, the official first name of the owner of the South African winery Alvi's Drift in Worcester, but his friends call him Alvi. Today's Alvi is the third generation, but it started with the first Alvi in 1928.
Albertus Viljoen van de Merwe was a gentleman farmer in Worcester, about a two-hour drive from Cape Town. Because his Alfalfa estate is located on both sides of the Breede River, he built an African for bridge drift in 1928 to gain easier access to both pieces of land. This water crossing was soon popularly called 'Alvi's Drift'. Alvi van der Merwe now uses this name as a tribute to his grandfather, for the wines they market.