Everyone knows that I have a passion for wine cellars, tasting rooms, and wineries, but you may not know that I also have a passion for historic restoration and preservation. There is a winery in the heart of Los Angeles that has always spoke to me for both reasons- the San Antonio Winery.
The Riboli family has owned and operated the San Antonio Winery since 1917. It is the last of more than 100 wineries that once lined the Los Angeles River Basin. In the mid 1900s, when many of those 100 wineries went north to the Central Coast and Napa Valley, the Riboli family stayed put and developed what has become a true Los Angeles cultural monument.
Driving along the streets of downtown Los Angeles you may never know that just a block off the main street lies an oasis for every wine lover. When you pull up to the winery its unassuming and historical building is just the beginning of what lies inside.
In the tasting room guests are invited to complimentary tastings and winery tours. They offer a variety of Riboli Family Wines as well as a unique and varied selection from around the world. The tasting room itself is quite inviting and takes on a casual and hospitable look.
While at the San Antonio Winery you may also choose to dine in the Maddalena Restaurant. Maddalena Riboli had a vision of bringing European hospitality to Los Angeles. When dining in the restaurant you really get the sense of the Riboli Italian heritage. The Maddalena Restaurant invites you to casual dining among century-old redwood aging casks. With its unique setting, line-style gourmet trattoria, and ambiance you certainly can enjoy the Maddalena Restaurant for all occasions. They also offer rooms for special occasions including their Heritage Cellar, Maddalena Restaurant, Fermenting Room, or the Crushing Room.