ANTHONY RIBOLI - WINEMAKER AND 4TH GENERATION FAMILY MEMBER, SAN ANTONIO WINERY
quote San Antonio Winery remains the oldest producing winery in Los Angeles with over 98 years of winemaking. quote2
In the 1950s and 60s, Stefano and Maddalena began to look North for land and grape contracting, realizing that the quality of grapes produced in Northern California were surpassing those grown in Southern California. With the help of their children, they purchased vineyard properties in Monterey County in the 1970s, and in the prestigious Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley in the 1980s. They also started relationships and business partnerships with grape growers throughout the state, many of which still exist today.
Most recently, our family has focused on the Paso Robles region located along California’s Central Coast. We have planted 2 estate vineyards within the El Pomar AVA. We also own a modern winery facility and a beautiful tasting room. Paso Robles is an exciting and important area due to the excellent climate and high grape quality.
Today, the LA River is paved and the vineyards have been replaced with businesses and homes. San Antonio Winery remains the oldest and largest producing winery in Los Angeles with over 98 years of winemaking, making it an essential component of the city’s cultural and historical landscape. In fact, in the early 1960s, Los Angeles’ Cultural Heritage Board designated the winery Cultural Monument Number 42. Still sitting on its original location on Lamar Street, the winery is the last vestige of the rich winemaking tradition of the greater Los Angeles.
We are blessed today to have four generations of family contributing to our success. Our vineyards are now located in Paso Robles, Monterey, and Napa Valley and we are proud to be the most-awarded winery in Los Angeles. We invite you to become part of our family by visiting San Antonio Winery!
Anthony Riboli is the first member of the fourth generation to join the family business. He is also the first family member to have received a formal degree in winemaking and grape growing from the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1998 with a M.S. in Viticulture. During the 1997 harvest, he worked under Michael Weis at Groth Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley. Since joining the Riboli Family Wine Estates, his foremost goal has been the constant improvement of the quality of our wines through his meticulous focus in the vineyards. Major innovations include clonal selections, crop thinning, and deficit irrigation. One of his greatest pleasures is being able to work beside his father and grandfather in our winery.
GILIAN HANDELMAN - DIRECTOR OF WINE EDUCATION/COMMUNICATIONS AT JACKSON FAMILY WINES
Today, under the leadership of Chairman and Proprietor Barbara Banke, Jess’s wife of 25 years, members of the Jackson family hold key positions throughout our company. Family personnel include Jess and Barbara’s three children, Katie, Julia and Christopher Jackson, Jess’s two daughters, Jennifer Jackson Hartford and Laura Jackson Giron, Jennifer’s husband Don Hartford (our Chief Executive Officer), as well as other family members who work in other roles.
• Founded in 1982 by Jess Jackson
• Managed by Chairman and Proprietor Barbara Banke, Jess’s Wife of 25 years
• Members of the family work at all levels of the company
• Long-term vision based on superior wine quality and social responsibility