Maddalena Riboli- Matriarch, trailblazer, inspiration.
Thank you, Southwest -The Magazine for this amazing piece!
Thinking of California wine might conjure images of sprawling vineyards in Napa Valley or trendy tasting rooms in Sonoma. But in downtown Los Angeles, 102-year-old San Antonio Winery has weathered ups and downs—including Prohibition—to become the City of Angels’ longest-producing winery.
An instrumental part
of the winery’s longevity? Ninety-seven-year-old Maddalena Riboli, who’s been
in the family business for more than 70 years. In 1946, Riboli, then Maddalena
Satragni, met Stefano Riboli on her family’s farm and married him later that
year. Together, they began working with Stefano’s uncle, Santo Cambianica, at
San Antonio Winery, and after Cambianica’s death in 1956, Stefano was granted
ownership, with Riboli at his side.
In a male-dominated
industry, Riboli made room for herself. She took over bookkeeping, had the idea
to begin sourcing grapes from California’s Central Coast, and encouraged the
company to open a restaurant within the winery—one of the first such
operations. Almost 50 years later, the eatery, Maddalena, is still open.
Today, Riboli remains involved with the winery, with a little help from her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who are carrying on the legacy she helped build. And her namesake line of vinos at San Antonio Winery—Maddalena—has been carefully crafted with “bold, yet humble flavors,” to honor the passionate woman for whom it’s named. —M.F.
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