Alto Ventures Ltd.
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Alto Ventures Ltd.

March 17, 2011 17:21 ET

Alto Receives Drilling Results From the 2011 Alcudia Project in the Urban-Barry Gold Belt, Quebec

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - Alto Ventures Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:ATV) reports diamond drilling results from the Alcudia gold project located in the Urban-Barry gold belt, Quebec. The Alcudia property is bordered to the west by the Windfall Lake gold project currently being explored by Eagle Hill Exploration Corp and to the east and south by the Urban-Barry project operated by Amseco Exploration Ltd.

The 2011 drill program consisted of 11 holes totalling 1,688 m to test previously delineated high priority IP geophysical targets mainly in the south and east end of the property. The drilling has identified the IP anomalies which are related to various amounts of sulphides, mainly pyrite and pyrhhotite, and gold mineralization was limited to one anomaly of 0.235 g/t gold over 1.0 m.

The Company believes that the areas of the strong IP anomalies in the south and east corners of the property have been sufficiently tested and plans no further work there. However a number of structural and geological targets remain to be drilled in the northwest corner of the property. These targets are favourably located closer to the Windfall Lake gold mineralization that is being explored by Eagle Hill Exploration.

The Alcudia property is owned 100% by Alto.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Core processing included descriptive logging and selection of samples for analyses. The NQ-size cores were sawed in half and one half was delivered to a commercial laboratory. The samples were delivered to the Accurassay preparation laboratory in Sudbury where they were crushed and a 500 gram pulp was prepared. The pulp was then shipped to Accurassay Laboratories in Thunder Bay for analyses. The gold assaying method uses a standard Fire Assay with AA finish technique on a 30 gram aliquot taken from a 500 gram split from the submitted sample. Commercially prepared standards and blanks were inserted by Alto every 25 samples to ensure precision of the results. The laboratory performs repeat check assays every 10 samples on pulps to ensure internal lab quality control.

Robert J. Tremblay, P. Geo (Quebec), Consulting Geologist to Alto Ventures, was responsible for supervision of the diamond drilling program. He is the Qualified Person who has reviewed and approved the technical content of this news release.

About Alto Ventures Ltd.

Alto Ventures Ltd. is a gold exploration and development company with a portfolio of highly prospective properties in the Canadian Shield. The Company is active in Quebec in the Abitibi greenstone belt where it is working on a number of projects including the Destiny property. A Resource Estimate of 10.8 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t gold Indicated (364,000 ounces) and 8.3 million tonnes averaging 0.92 g/t gold Inferred (247,000 ounces) was filed on Sedar on March 7, 2011 for the DAC Deposit; the DAC Deposit is one of several gold occurrences on the Destiny property. In Ontario the Company is exploring in the Beardmore-Geraldton gold belt and the Shebandowan gold district. Recently, with the acquisition of the Chilko project in British Columbia, the Company has added large tonnage bulk-mineable porphyry style deposits to its exploration targets.

For more details regarding the Company's projects, please visit our website at www.altoventures.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD,

Richard Mazur, P. Geo., CEO & Director

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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