Riboli Expansion Continues With Winemaker Addition

Riboli Family Wines’ flurry of recent activity continued this week with the announcement of a new winemaker to go with their expanding footprint in the California Central Coast.

Wine industry veteran Marty Spate has joined the company’s Paso Robles winemaking team and will report to Riboli Estates Group’s Vice President of Winemaking and Vineyards Susan Doyle.

Spate will be involved in winery operations in Paso Robles and Monterey County that go into brands that include San Simeon, Maddalena, Opaque and Highlands 41. He comes to Riboli Family Wines from O’Neill Vintners and Distillers as well as Treasury Wine Estates. 

His career includes more than 20 years of experience to this role with winemaking, wine growing, and sourcing. His career has touched multiple countries spanning from Australia to Italy and most recently California’s Central Coast. 

Riboli’s recent acquisitions have expanded their footprint by more than 20% in the past few months. They include a 160-acre vineyard property in the Willow Creek District of the Paso Robles AVA that includes 80 acres of vines planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah varietals. It includes a residence but no brand or wine assets, a spokesperson for the company said. 

Recent purchases also include a 100-acre parcel in the El Pomar District AVA — land located near its Stefano Vineyard in Paso Robles. 

The Riboli family now has eight estate vineyards in Paso Robles. They own more than 1,500 acres of sustainably farmed estate vineyards.

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