San Antonio Winery
The 100-Year Legacy
Not many wineries in Paso Robles, let alone the world, can say they’ve been around for 100 years, but San Antonio Winery of Riboli Family Wine Estates is no ordinary winery. The family has been crafting award-winning wines from grapes grown in their estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey and Napa for decades. This year marks San Antonio Winery’s 100th year of crafting artisan wines. It has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a small winery. In 1917, Italian immigrant Santo Cambianica founded San Antonio Winery in what was then the Little Italy community of Los Angeles, naming the winery after his patron saint. Back then, the grapes were transported by trucks from vineyards in the Cucamonga Valley and crushed primarily by hand. In the 1920s, Prohibition made it even more of a challenge to make wine, but Santo kept the business thriving by selling his wine to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Shortly after, Santo’s nephew Stefano Riboli emigrated from Italy to help his uncle with the growing winery. As San Antonio Winery became more and more popular, the family expanded to meet the demands of their thirsty customers.
Long before Paso Robles became a winemaking phenomenon, the Riboli family saw its potential as a premier region to grow incredible wines. The family began investing in Paso Robles land more than 30 years ago, planting vines on each property and now owns five vineyards in Paso Robles, as well as a brand new, state of-the-art winemaking facility, tasting room and bistro.
Paso Robles Amenities
The winery’s tasting room and bistro is conveniently located at San Antonio Winery, where the 101 freeway and Highway 46 East meet. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with food service until 5 p.m. Chef Dustin uses locally grown ingredients to create delicious, fresh dishes to be enjoyed with San Antonio Winery’s diverse portfolio of award winners such as bold reds, aromatic whites and refreshing sparkling wines. Customers may choose from seafood appetizers, light salads and hearty pasta dishes. The bistro is best known for its delicious artisan pizzas. Dine in the winery’s beautiful indoor Heritage Room, covered Patio Alfresco or open-air Fountain Patio. ‘To Go Orders’ are also welcome.
Setting Their Sights on Paso Robles
As with fine wine, the Riboli family legacy keeps getting better with age. Its fourth generation family winemaker, Anthony Riboli, is the company’s first formally trained and educated winemaker with an M.S. in Viticulture from UC Davis. Joined by Head Winemaker Arnaud Debons and Paso Winemaker Ben Mayo, Anthony and his team have made remarkable strides in the Paso Robles region, contributing greatly to the quality of the family’s wines. Together, they oversee all vineyard and winemaking operations with Vineyard Manager Lee Alegre. The state-of-the-art Paso Robles winery focuses on small-lot artisan winemaking. Solar panels and an onsite water treatment plant contribute to the family’s environmentally conscious philosophy. For thinner-skinned grape varieties like Pinot Noir, the winery utilizes open-topped stainless steel tanks with a gentle “punch down” system. More hearty varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon are fermented in closed-topped tanks with automated “pumpover” systems. Riboli, who was an instrumental part of the facility’s design, stated “The new winery is a winemaker’s dream because it allows for efficiency and flexibility in crafting world-class wines.” The winery had its first harvest in October 2016 and looks forward to another 100 years of family winemaking.