An “urban winery” prepares to celebrates 100 years in Lincoln Heights


LINCOLN HEIGHTS — It’s hard to imagine any business lasting more than 20 years in one place in Los Angeles. Let alone 100 years. Let alone a winery – near Downtown L.A.

But San Antonio Winery is now preparing to celebrate a century of operations on Lamar Street, according to ABC7.

Founded in 1917 by Santo Cambianica, an immigrant from northern Italy, the winery is still being run by the same family.

“My mother, great visionary, always said, ‘Never leave Los Angeles,'” said Santo Riboli, president of the San Antonio Winery.

Some times have been harder than others. Two years after the winery was founded, the United States passed the Volstead Act, starting Prohibition. San Antonio survived when the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gave them permission to make wine for religious purposes, according to the winery’s web site.

So while there were 90 wineries in Los Angeles when Cambianica founded the business in 1917, San Antonio Winery was the only one to survive prohibition, ABC7 reports. Now,  the family-owned business, which is located in an industrial section of Lincoln Heights, promotes itself as an “urban winery.”

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