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Riboli Family Wine Estates Opens New Energy-Efficient Winery in Paso Robles

New winery will be the production home for Riboli's growing portfolio, including San Antonio Winery, San Simeon, Opaque and Maddalena brands
June 27, 2016

press release - Riboli Family Wine Estates, whose founding winery, San Antonio Winery was established in 1917, is proud to announce its continuing commitment to the world-class Paso Robles wine region with the grand opening of its new state of the art production facility committed to environmental stewardship. The winery is designed for crafting premium wines using sustainable techniques that conserve energy and water, and reduce waste.

Located in Paso Robles, the Riboli Family Wines Estates winery will serve as the production home for all brands under the family’s portfolio including San Antonio Winery, Maddalena, Opaque, San Simeon, and others.

“We are tremendously proud of our Los Angles roots,” says fourth-generation family Winemaker, Anthony Riboli. “And we are equally proud of growing our presence in Paso Robles. Our family has been committed to Paso Robles since the early 1980s, and we work tirelessly to innovate both in the vineyards and with our winemaking. This modern and energy-efficient winery will allow us to continue to produce high-quality, award-winning wines with every vintage.”

Designed and constructed by local firms Reiss Design Studio, and J.W. Design & Construction, respectively, the modern facility features energy-efficient LED lighting, both closed-top and open-top tanks, and a cellar that boasts four separate barrel spaces to allow the winemakers to ferment and store barrels at ideal temperatures, depending on the vintage and varietals.

The cellar also has temperature controls, to ensure the cooling system isn’t running during Paso Robles’ famously frigid overnight temperatures, saving on energy demands. Thermostats monitor the outside temperature and when it drops to the ideal level, the system automatically turns on multiple fans which pull the cool air in and through the winery. The entire winery is air-cooled to save water and all process wastewater and storm water is reclaimed for irrigation purposes onsite through a sustainable state of the art membrane bioreactor.

“This has allowed Riboli Family Wine Estates to become a zero waste discharger, meaning under normal circumstances zero wastewater goes to the city sewer,” said Troy Ellison with Cloacina LLC, the company that manufactured the bioreactor.

On the Riboli Family winemaking team, Winemaker Ben Mayo, a native of San Luis Obispo County with 15 years of experience making wine in Paso Robles, says what drew him to Riboli Family Wine Estates is the family’s vision and passion for the Central Coast and the opportunity to lead boutique vineyard-driven brands that showcase the very best vineyards in Paso Robles and Monterey. With regard to being able to produce these wines in the new modern and sustainable winery, Mayo stated he feels like a “kid in a candy store.”

“Our commitment to Paso Robles goes well beyond the award-winning wines we produce and our tasting rooms,” Riboli says. “We love it here, and we want to be a good neighbor, so we made the investments to ensure we are exceedingly energy and water efficient as well as environmentally appreciative.”

ABOUT SAN ANTONIO WINERY & RIBOLI FAMILY WINE ESTATES
Established in downtown Los Angeles in 1917, San Antonio Winery, founding winery of Riboli Family Wine Estates, continues a proud heritage of winemaking in Los Angeles and Paso Robles that spans four generations of the Riboli family. The family’s commitment to producing award-winning wines has included investing in vineyards in California’s most prestigious regions, including the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco AVAs of Monterey County and the El Pomar and Creston Districts of Paso Robles. Most recently the Riboli Family has been committed to growing its presence in the award winning Paso Robles wine region, opening a state-of-the-art winery in 2016. Follow San Antonio Winery and Riboli Family Wine Estates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit www.SanAntonioWinery.com and www.RiboliWines.com. The award winning wines in the Riboli Family Wine Estates portfolio can be enjoyed at their three tasting rooms located at: 2610 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles, CA; 737 Lamar Street in Los Angeles, CA; 2802 S. Milliken Avenue in Ontario, CA.


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