We celebrate our Founder, Maddalena Riboli, with each bottle of her namesake wine. We extend our family tradition for you to enjoy as well.
From the moment Maddalena Riboli emigrated to the United States as a little girl from Italy in 1929, she built a foundation to last her a lifetime of a strong work ethic as she and her family farmed the fields in the San Fernando Valley and later to the areas east of Los Angeles.
This is where she met her future husband, Stefano Riboli, while driving a tractor on the family farm in Chino, California. Once married she immediately began working at San Antonio Winery with Stefano and his uncle Santo Cambianica.
As they grew the business and the winery, Maddalena made a lasting impression. She has always been a bold visionary and one of the first women in the wine industry. It was her vision to expand the family’s winery with vineyard holdings in Monterey County and Paso Robles. It was she who began the Maddalena restaurant at the winery, to cater to the many guests who visited.
The vineyards, the winery in paso robles and the historic winery in downtown Los Angeles, are home to the Riboli family’s estate Maddalena wines named to honor her legacy.
Maddalena is now in her mid 90’s, and along with her husband Stefano, children and grand children, she is an actively involved and continues to advise at the winery where she began her wine career as a young woman in America.
Photo of Maddalena and Stefano Riboli, and Santo Cambianica in front of the San Antonio Winery on Lamar Street in 1948.
Being a woman in the wine industry was not easy, but she was the driving force behind San Antonio Winery and her charisma and work ethic were keys to its success.
Maddalena and Stefano Riboli have created an enduring wine legacy and are very proud of their achievements in the wine industry of California and to the community of Los Angeles.
Photo taken in 2018 Stefano Riboli 97, Maddalena Riboli 96
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