Riboli Family Vineyard
Central Coast AVA
With a history as one of California's first winemaking families, they have created an incredible legacy
The residents of Southern California, and greater Los Angeles in particular, may be well acquainted with the historic San Antonio Winery that is owned by the Riboli (pronounced Ree-bow-lee) Family. The beautiful winery is located within close proximity to landmark Dodgers Stadium.
The Riboli family wine domain covers a wide array of wines and wineries, among them the venerable San Antonio Winery that first produced wine in 1917, San Simeon (Central Coast), Maddalena, and Riboli Family Wine Estates of Napa Valley.
Anthony Riboli is the fourth generation of his family to carry on the duties as operational mainstay of the dynasty’s operation. Riboli holds a masters degree in enology from the revered University of California Davis, and has now been involved in the wine business for almost twenty years.
“We must be doing something right to have lasted this long,” Anthony Riboli recently stated. “I am part of the fourth generation of our family to work in the winery. I now have three cousins that have joined the business in various roles, including marketing, HR, and sales. Our original business has continued to grow over the years and the new entities we have added are all developing well. Everyone knows that new ideas take time to really develop, but I would say at this time that we are probably ahead of the curve.”
While the Riboli Family’s flagship winery continues to be the San Antonio Winery, Anthony Riboli has broadened the scope of the family’s interests to include a number of new wine entities, including a couple of wineries mentioned above (San Simeon, Maddalena, Windstream, and Riboli Family Estates). Each brand has a distinctive focus and style that differentiates it from the others, including the regions and vineyards from which the grapes are sourced. Working with winemaker Kurt Niznik, Anthony Riboli strives to showcase the very best vineyards from Napa and the Central Coast through his collection of boutique vineyard-driven brands.
This month’s featured wine comes from Riboli Family Estates, a brand that got its start in 1986. At that time, Stefano and Maddalena Riboli (Anthony’s grandparents) began farming a small, 16-acre vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley’s Rutherford appellation. Located along the Silverado Trail, the site was chosen for its rich, clay-loam soils and gentle slope. A temperate climate of warm days and cool nights provides the long growing season necessary for full-bodied, richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignons the vineyard is now known for.
The original cuttings for this vineyard were taken from the Eisele Vineyard, which was made famous by the Joseph Phelps Winery. Additional plantings were made in 2001 that introduced specialized French clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, and the Riboli Family Vineyard has since become a highly desirable property for crafting classic Napa Valley Cabs. In fact, Riboli Family Vineyard’s esteemed neighboring wineries include Caymus, ZD, and Beckstoffer, to name a few.
Anthony Riboli has worked with the Riboli Family Vineyard since 1997 and has since overseen major innovations in the vineyard and winery, always working toward his foremost goal of consistently improving the quality of Riboli’s family wines.
Riboli is also firmly committed to the continued development of vineyards in the Monterey and Central Coast areas of California, for his various other boutique winery brands. “We really know these areas and have had a hand in farming them before they even became popular. We have wonderful relationships with a number of growers and we have purchased a number of carefully selected sites over the years. This allows us a continued flow of fruit from highly successful vineyards that is the key to making great wines.”
The Riboli family has recently opened a new state of the art, energy efficient winery in Paso Robles. The winery is designed for crafting premium wines using sustainable techniques that conserve energy and water and reduce waste. The new location will serve as the production home for all brands under the family’s broad winery portfolio, including the wines for Riboli Family Wine Estates. Customers are encouraged to visit one of the winery’s three tasting room locations in Paso Robles, Los Angeles, and Ontario, where all of the Riboli winery brands are available to be sampled and enjoyed.
Anthony Riboli states that the future of his family’s business can be found in its history, and the actual spirit of togetherness his family has demonstrated over the past ten decades of its existence. “Our family remains to this day an extremely tight unit,” Riboli explained. “There exists a commitment on each of our parts to see that we accomplish what we set out to do.”
Anthony Riboli proudly continues his family’s remarkable history as one of California’s first winemaking families, who, since 1917, have created an incredible legacy that is sure to continue for many years to come.
Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,
As the 2016 harvest has just ended, I begin to reminisce of the harvests that came before. My first harvest in Napa Valley was in 1997. I was attending UC Davis at the time and working for Michael Weis at Groth Vineyards and Winery in Oakville. My family owned our estate vineyard in Rutherford, but we had always sold our grapes to other wineries. Well, I convinced my dad and uncle to allow me to make some wine. And so, Riboli Family Vineyard was born: our first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon with our family’s name on the bottle!
1997 was a great vintage, and so was 2012. If the month of October remains without rain, our vineyard usually makes an excellent wine. It didn’t rain in October of 2012 and the year was generally quite dry in California. 2012 is considered a “classic” vintage in Napa Valley.
As a winemaker, the end of harvest is very much like New Year’s Eve for everyone else. We look back at the vintage and the year in general. So, I invite you all to look back at 2016 and enjoy this great wine over the holidays with your family and friends. Prepare a great meal. Maybe some prime rib or rack of lamb.
Take a sip, stop for a minute in this crazy world, and enjoy the wine and life!
4th Generation Winemaker
Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,
Having been a part of the California wine business since 1917, our family is proud to offer the first vintage from our estate vineyard in Napa Valley. Our small vineyard is located on the Silverado Trail in the heart of the renowned Rutherford appellation. Planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon, cuttings were taken from the Eisele Vineyard, made famous by Joseph Phelps then elevated to cult status by Araujo.
The 1997 vintage in Napa Valley was excellent for Cabernet Sauvignon. It may be remembered as the best vintage of the decade and maybe for the century! A long, warm growing season provided perfect maturation. We hand harvested at 24.8 degrees Brix, at the peak of flavor and color concentration.
The 1997 Riboli Family Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich and full-bodied wine. Readily accessible today, it should age at least 5 to 10 years. Our family invites you to enjoy this fantastic bottle of wine. It is a celebration of four generations of winemaking, and the first label to bear our family name in over 83 years of California history.
Fourth Generation Winemaker