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September 20, 2021

Shattering the wine glass ceiling

Wells Fargo helps Riboli Family Wines ‘always move forward.’

Founded in 1917 by Italian immigrant Santo Cambianica as San Antonio Winery, Riboli Family Wines has produced award-winning wines and is the oldest and largest producing winery in Los Angeles.

When Cambianica passed away in 1956, he granted full ownership to Stefano and Maddalena Riboli. With a passion for winemaking, tireless work ethic, and business savvy, Maddalena took the reins as one of very few women to lead a winery operation.

“To her there were no boundaries. She wouldn’t allow there to be a wall to prevent her vision, her ideals to carry on,” said Dante Riboli Colombatti, Riboli Family Wines marketing director.

With American Business Women’s Day on Sept. 22, Wells Fargo is honored to support trailblazers like Maddalena and Riboli Family Wines.

“What better way to celebrate strong women than by looking at the example that Maddalena has set in her family’s story,” said Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Relationship Manager Kyle Dunn.

Today, the winery is led by the third and fourth generation of Ribolis, with 10 California vineyards: five in Paso Robles, four in Monterey, and one in Napa Valley. Named 2018 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine, Riboli Family Wines’ San Antonio Winery tasting room still sits on its original location, which is designated as a cultural monument by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Board.

“I created our first tasting room and restaurant. I never dreamed that we would do so well,” said Maddalena Riboli.

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