LA’s Angeleno Wine Company is the city’s first winemaker in 100 years

Wine production is a rare business within the borders of Los Angeles, let alone one that uses real LA County grapes. This type of operation usually takes place in wine regions such as the Central Coast, Sonoma or Napa. This is an important milestone for Los Angeles and Angeleno Wine Companywhich opens July 13 in Chinatown.

The only other public winery in town is the 102-year-old San Antonio Winery, which is less than a mile from Angeleno Wine. It’s an evolving landscape, perhaps a return to LA’s winemaking roots. The city’s urban winemaking history began when Jean-Louis Vignes built a winery in 1833 near Union Station, sparking an innovative start for winemakers across California. Yet the last winery to open within the city limits was Moraga Bel Air, which is a private winery in Bel Air.

Angeleno Wine Company secures its grapes from the Alonso family vineyard in Agua Dulce, just 80 km from the city center. The tasting room will offer Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel, Rose and a single-variety Albariño, among others in the 1,500-square-foot facility. The wines are reasonably priced, the most expensive bottle is only $35. There are many wine barrels lined up against the walls of the tasting room. For a clear view of its location, look for the Tupac mural near Los Angeles State Historic Park, or take a four-minute walk from Butler.

Owners Jasper Dickson and Amy Luftig Viste have overcome significant hurdles since founding the company in 2014. The partners began sourcing grapes that year, funded $25,000, began reworking the space in April 2018, then obtained a wine production license for the control of alcoholic beverages. The 94-year-old building was once a manufacturing workshop.

Dickson and Luftig Viste will host a grand opening event this Saturday from 6-10 p.m. featuring slices of the Highland Park Triple Beam Pizza phenomenon, Angeleno Wine Company will keep hours limited for now Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. pm and appointment only on weekdays.

Angeleno Wine Company. 1646 N. Spring Street, Chinatown, CA

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