With a focus on unique varietals, Angeleno Wine Co aims to push the boundaries of what Southern California wine growing can be. Our pride and joy is a small vineyard about an hour north of Los Angeles outside a little town called Agua Dulce. It is farmed by Juan Alonso, a visionary who planted an array of lesser known Spanish grape varietals from his native Galicia.
We only work with vineyards that farm sustainably and we source our grapes from land that is special for different reasons. Tannat, Graciano, Godello, Loureiro, and Treixadura are some of the unique varietals that Angeleno makes into wine every year. We harvest early to preserve natural acidity in the fruit. We strive to make wines that are elegant, balanced and that express Los Angeles' unique character: a growing region where the desert meets the sea.
About Angeleno Wine Co.
In 1833 commercial winemaking began in downtown Los Angeles. Jean-Louis Vignes built his winery around a 400 year old sycamore near today's Union Station.
Los Angeles used to be the epicenter of winemaking not just for California but for the nation. Angelenos were making beautiful wines well before Sonoma and Napa. We were supplying wine to Northern California and the East Coast, including to New York and Boston. As Los Angeles historian Thomas Pinney put it, “the most striking fact about the history of winemaking in Los Angeles, city and county, is the completeness with which it has been forgotten.”
Our dream is to bring a culture of winemaking back to Los Angeles. With your support, we will open the city's first urban winery since prohibition, making wine from local vineyards. Made in Los Angeles, product of Los Angeles.
Alonso Family Vineyard
With a focus on unique varietals, Angeleno Wine Company aims to push the boundaries of what Southern California wine growing can be. Our pride and joy is a small vineyard an hour north of Los Angeles outside a little town called Agua Dulce. It is farmed by Juan Alonso, a visionary who planted an array of lesser known Spanish grape varietals from his native Galicia.
There are no words to articulate the stunning beauty of the vineyard in the early morning during harvest. It is still cold enough to see your breath and you need to wear gloves, even though it's summer.
Juan is the heart and soul of Angeleno. We consider him Angeleno’s real winemaker, as the character of his vineyard is what shines through in our wines. We are eager for harvest so we can see Juan again. "You don't have to go to France," Juan says. "We can make as good a wine as anybody."
Coming Soon: Angeleno Wine Co. in Downtown Los Angeles
Meet Jasper and Amy
Jasper Dickson was born and raised in Northern California. His father was a home winemaker who would take Jasper along when he would go wine tasting. It was there that the seeds were sown. The smell of fermenting and aging wine. The mythic character of wine barrels and tanks, The bucolic, breathtaking vibrant greens of the surrounding vineyards. All made an impression that would last a lifetime. Soon, Jasper moved to Los Angeles, the city that would inspire him and become his home for his adult life. In 2015 he met Juan Alonso and fell in love with the Alonso Family Vineyard in Agua Dulce. This, combined with a deep dive into Los Angeles’ forgotten wine history, convinced him that the city could have and deserved to have its own local wine. The stage was set.
Amy Luftig Viste grew up outside Cincinnati, Ohio. She moved steadily west over time, pursuing a career in public policy and health care access. Along the way, Amy fell in love with this complex and joyful thing that is wine. Amy became single-mindedly obsessed when she volunteered with California winemakers during harvest. She decided by the end of the first day that nothing on Earth was more fun than cleaning wine barrels, shoveling waist-deep grapes out of a fermenter, picking fruit in the earliest hours of the day and spending countless sober and not-so-sober hours with the soulful, hard-working types who gravitate towards the winemaking path.