SOURCE: Alto Group Holdings, Inc.

Alto Group Holdings, Inc.

January 03, 2011 10:10 ET

Alto Group Holdings Announces Acquisition of Ownership Interest in the Berila Gold Project

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 3, 2011) - Alto Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: ALTO) ("Alto Group" or the "Company"), an innovative mining and commodities trade company headquartered in New York, announces company completes acquisition of ownership in the Berila gold project located in Mali, West Africa.

Berila & Alluvial Zones
The Berila concession hosts a major load gold deposit referred to as the Kola primary zone. Approximately 5,000 plus artisan workers are exploiting the surface area covering a zone of 1,100 meters by 400 meters. In this area, the gold in the rock and on the surface soil is very well defined and the locals have discovered that they can afford motorcycles, generators, pumps and crushers to increase their small scale production efforts. The high-grade gold veins have areas that run from 20 g/t to over 100 g/t and merit additional exploration work on a commercial level to determine a proven gold resource and mine plan.

The Berila Geology
The geology of the Berila area is complex with rock formations which show several important episodes of sedimentation from conglomerates to sand and silt. This basin was intruded by different generations of intrusion from granitic to late phase gabbros. The structural activity in the area is typical of West Africa, which is dominated by north-north-east, north-north-west and east-west faults systems. These structures are the conduits for the gold bearing hydrothermal solutions that has precipitated in large quantities in the Kola primary zone. This zone has been weathered in time. The alternating monsoon and dry season has over time washed the upper part of the gold zone down gulches and tributaries to the Bagoe River. Several kilometers of the river are being worked for gold by the local artisans.

The first systematic exploration work in the Kola project area started about thirty years ago with artisanal work where the indigenous population has panned gold from alluvial deposits led to the discovery of the Berila primary deposit. Current gold production from the prospect is derived from both eluvial and alluvial gold deposits. A labor force of approximately 5,000 local inhabitants using primitive means is currently carrying out mining on a small scale and testifies to the richness of the area.

Within the artisanal is that a large quantity of gold has been eroded from the main Kola deposit, concentrated in alluvial and local artisans are producing large quantities of gold both from the primary source and the alluvial horizons.

The gold in auriferous placers may come from one or more sources with this property. The main type, as in the Kola area of Mali has originated from auriferous quartz veins primary deposits. The mechanical agencies assisting in the transport and winnowing of gold into placers at Kola are gravity, the running water of streams and rivers. The weathered deposit extends over 1,100 meters North to South and averages 400 meters wide. The deposit is worked by sinking narrow shafts in the weathered bedrock through the duricrust to gold-rich saprolite and even into hard rock. The gold mineralization is generally hosted in primary quartz veins containing disseminated sulphide mineralization and frequent manganese oxides. Two generations of quartz veins are known: 1. Bull white quartz which is low grade, and; 2. Smokey mineralized quartz where grades can run as high as 100 g/t. The workers select and high grade the quartz, use mechanical crushers and panned the concentrates, making better than national average return for their time and efforts, albeit at a small scale. Given the dimensions of the working, 1,100m by 400m by 30m (depth) and a grade of 5 g/t, the present in potential ground value of the known Kola deposit could in excess $1.32 billion in gross value. This deposit is open both on its North-South extension and at depth.

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This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements in this press release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, the development, costs and results of our exploration program at our properties and any anticipated future production. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with petroleum exploration and development stage exploration companies. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our annual report on Form 10-KSB for the most recent fiscal year, our quarterly reports on Form 10-QSB and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Mark Daniel Klok
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