"We haven’t divorced ourselves from the past at all, we’ve evolved – from sacramental wine to 93 point Wine Spectator wine.”
- Steve Riboli
1833 Jean- Louis Vignes
French winemaker Jean-Louis Vignes brings the first European vines from his native Bordeaux, plants them in Downtown Los Angeles, and establishes his winery, El Aliso, where Union Station now stands.
1857 Los Angeles and Wine
Demand for wine from Los Angeles increases, creating 47 wineries within 10 years.
1910 Santo Cambianica
Santo Cambianica left his home of Berzo San Fermo, located in the Northern Italian province of Lombardia. After registering at Ellis Island, he arrived in New York and then travels across the country to Downtown Los Angeles.
1917 San Antonio Winery
Santo Cambianica establishes San Antonio Winery on Lamar Street, dedicating it to his Patron Saint Anthony.
United States Congress passes the Volstead Act, which effectively starts Prohibition in America, jolting the wine industry. Luckily for San Antonio Winery, Santo has a strong relationship with the church, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles grants Santo permission to make wines for sacramental and ceremonial purposes.
1933 Great Depression
Following the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, nearly all of the 100 wineries in Los Angeles shut down, while San Antonio Winery continues to flourish, becoming the number one provider of altar wines in Los Angeles.
1933 Prohibition Ends
In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution is passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition. After the repeal of the 18th Amendment, some states continue Prohibition by maintaining statewide temperance laws. Mississippi, the last dry state in the Union, ends Prohibition in 1966.
1936 From Italy to America
Stefano Riboli’s parents feel there is more opportunity for their son in the United States, and he leaves Italy to apprentice under his Uncle Santo at San Antonio Winery.
1946 Maddalena Satragni
Stefano marries Maddalena Satragni and San Antonio Winery becomes an established institution in California’s wine community. Maddalena’s broach, a treasured gift she received from her mother and brought with her to America, remains a very important symbol of the winery and is the logo for Maddalena wines.
1950 Northern California
Northern California begins to make strides in the winemaking industry, and other wineries begin establishing themselves in the region. Meanwhile, Santo, Stefano, and Maddalena decide to remain with their family in Los Angeles, the place where they have been blessed with good fortune.
1956 Stefano Riboli
Santo Cambianica passes away, and wishes for Stefano to continue the business for the next generation. Stefano is granted full ownership of San Antonio Winery, and begins to live out the powerful vision he and his wife Maddalena have for their future and their family.
1960 Historic Landmark
Los Angeles’ Cultural Heritage Board designates San Antonio Winery Cultural Monument Number 42.
With the help of their children, Santo and Maddalena purchase vineyard properties in Monterey County.
1980 Napa Valley
The Riboli Family purchases vineyard properties in the prestigious Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley. Here they start relationships and business partnerships with grape growers throughout the state, many of which still exist today.
Backed by tradition, blessed by nature.