Riboli Family Wine Estates opens energy-efficient winery in Paso Robles

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The new winery will be the production home for Ribolis’ growing portfolio

Left to right: Current winemakers Arnaud Debons, Anthony Riboli and Ben Mayo.

Left to right: Current winemakers Arnaud Debons, Anthony Riboli and Ben Mayo.

Riboli Family Wine Estates, whose founding winery, San Antonio Winery was established in 1917,  announced 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, according to the Riboli Family.

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 features 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.

“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.”

 

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