Who says you need to go to a faraway wine country to have a memorable wine experience? What if I told you there is an unforgettable wine adventure available to wine lovers in downtown Los Angeles? It’s true. I am perfectly serious. There is an urban wine-country experience complete with premium wines, adventurous events, and a food-centric spirit waiting for wine lovers at San Antonio Winery.
The winery produces 18 different labels, including the popular San Simeon, Maddalena, and the newer Stella Rosa brands. Its stellar vineyards are located in Paso Robles, Monterey, and Napa Valley. The Riboli family has been producing wine for four generations. It is the most awarded winery in Southern California.
Most tasters are looking for hidden gems within Napa Valley, Paso or Southern Oregon and by that I don’t mean just good wines. While well-crafted wines are certainly valued, it is the entire experience a winery provides that has guests wanting to return, celebrate special occasions and invite friends and family to visit. San Antonio Winery has a special draw, a blend shall we say of ambiance, compelling history, a first-class wine program, outstanding service and engaging special events.
When you visit, expect to experience fine signature wines, a service-oriented tasting room experience, a killer gift shop, deli and restaurant. I recently attended a wine blending event with 60 enthusiastic supporters of the winery. I asked several why they were there. I thought I would hear the usual – great wines, something different to do and so on. Nope. Instead of hearing about the caliber of wines, the most enthusiastic comments came from guests finding themselves as the center attraction. In this case, participants were learning the art of blending their own wine. San Antonio Winery gets the Smart Cookie Award for understanding establishments that exude an upbeat ambiance where their staff (including owners, winemakers and PR people) obviously love meeting people, are experts at what they do, are knowledgeable about their wines and find a way to blend this all together to make their guests the star of the day, stand out every day as a wine- community winner.
The San Antonio Winery is a working winery in the city of Los Angeles. It has operated since 1917. It is located in the Lincoln Heights district just east of downtown, at 737 Lamar Street just south of North Main Street.
Don’t expect vineyards. Do expect a beautiful wine oasis, however. Unfortunately, its former vineyards have disappeared. The winery is now surrounded by dense, compact industry. The winery imports their grapes from Napa, Monterey and the trendy Paso Robles region on California’s Central Coast. They do make, blend and age their wines on site. Bottling and distribution are handled at the winery. Daily tasting and tours are available daily. Check out their monthly events for great memory making opportunities.
Until you have an chance to visit, here’s a tasty little cocktail for you to try. Ingredients are easy to source and affordable Stella Rosa wines are in available in most wine stores and supermarkets.
Compliments of Stella Rosa Wines & San Antonio Winery
1 oz. Stella Rosa Rosso®
1 oz. citrus vodka
1 oz. lemon juice
2-3 cucumber slices +1 for garnish
Muddle cucumber slices and strawberries. Add lemon juice, citrus vodka, Stella Rosa Rosso®, and ice. Shake and strain into a glass of ice. Garnish with a cucumber wheel.