Published : Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 3:02 PM
The Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery, L.A.’s original urban winery, celebrated its third annual Harvest Festival Saturday, September 28, and brought back its popular charity grape stomp among local media personalities. KTLA weekend morning news team Lynette Romero and Mark Mester, ABC7’s Leticia Juarez, Estrella TV’s Sanelly Quintero, La Mega 96.3’s Sandra Peña, and KDAY’s Cecilia Valencia, stomped it out in friendly competition to raise money for their respective charities. Mark Mester came out on top, garnering $2500 for Red Eye’s Watts Empowerment Center, Cecilia Valencia came in 2nd place earning $2000 for the Boys and Girls Club of East L.A., and Leticia Juarez came in 3rd earning $1500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in honor of her sister. The other participants earned $1000 for participating, with Sanelly Quintero donating to the Latino Equality Alliance, and Sandra Peña to Padres Contra el Cáncer (Parents Against Cancer).
This year, San Antonio Winery also included local charities to stomp it out for their respective charities. Alana Hadid stomped for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, earning 1st place and $2500 for the charity that grants wishes to children with terminal illnesses. Downtown Women’s Center came in 2nd place and earned $2000 for the center focused on empowering homeless women, and City of Hope’s Dr. Russell Rockne earned $1500 for the cancer treatment and research center. Susan G. Komen Los Angeles, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, and Para Los Niños each earned $1000 for their respective causes by participating in the stomp, as well.
Festival goers were also able to stomp by donating a minimum of $20 to the School on Wheels Skid Row Learning Center, garnering $500, matched by the Riboli Family for a donation of $1000 to that charity, as well.
“Our annual harvest festival is a time to not only celebrate the start of a new vintage, but to bring people together for a good time and give back to our local community who has supported us for 102 years now,” said Steve Riboli, VP of Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery.
About Riboli Family of San Antonio Winery: San Antonio Winery remains the largest and longest-producing winery in Los Angeles with 102 years of winemaking under its belt. This historic landmark and producing winery is still located at its original location on Lamar Street, just minutes from Dodger Stadium. Four generations of the Riboli family contribute to the winery’s success. Its vineyards are located in Paso Robles, Monterey, and Napa, and it is the most awarded winery in Southern California, recently named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. For more information, visit www.sanantoniowinery.com.