Award Winning Angeleno Wines - Grown by Alonso Family VineyardGrown and Crafted in Southern California
Angeleno Wines – Grown by Alonso Family Vineyard
receives Editor’s Choice Award from Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Among the Alonso Family Vineyard’s various wine offerings are several wines that are produced by the Angeleno Wine Company, which is based in downtown Los Angeles.
Three of these wines have received excellent scores from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, including the Angeleno 2017 Zanja Madre Alonso Family Vineyard Red (Sierra Pelona Valley), which not only received a score of 90 points, but was also awarded an Editor’s Choice!
We’re also very proud to have received a score of 90 points for the Angeleno 2018 Alonso Family Vineyard Albariño (Sierra Pelona Valley), as well as a score of 89 points for the Angeleno 2017 Alonso Family Vineyard Syrah (Sierra Pelona Valley).
About Alonso Family Vineyard
Juan Alonso, owner and head chef of the renowned French Restaurant, Le Chene for almost 40 years, began operating Alonso Family Vineyard in 1995.
Against the advice of many who thought the region was unsuitable for a high quality vineyard, Juan has persevered and continued to grow the fine reputation of Alonso Family Vineyard and gone on to produce award winning wine ever since.
Through a partnership with Jasper Dickson, of Angeleno Wine Company, Alonso Family Vineyard has broadened its reach and is bringing ever more award winning wines to a wider audience.
As Jasper says, “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.”
About Angeleno Wine Company
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 wine, the vibrant greens of surrounding vineyards. All made an impression that would last a lifetime.
Soon, Jasper moved to Los Angeles, met Juan Alonso, and fell in love with the Alonso Family Vineyard. 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 and Angeleno Wine Company was born.
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 wine, and became obsessed after volunteering with California winemakers during harvest. She decided by the end of the first day that nothing was more fun than cleaning wine barrels, shoveling 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.
Special Deals for Members of the Angeleno Wine Club!
For anyone who is a member of the Angeleno Wine Club, Le Chene offers a 15% discount off your check when dining at our restaurant.
Additionally, we will waive our regular $20 corkage fee on any bottle of Angeleno Wine that you bring with you.
As Juan said, we’re pleased to help you to enjoy the fruit of our labor, from our own vineyard. We look forward to seeing you at Le Chene!
Angeleno Wine Company – Available for Pickup and Delivery
Although temporarily closed for wine tastings, Angeleno Wine Company remains open for contactless pick up in their facility in Downtown Los Angeles. In this quaint location, you will find a mural painted in the likeness of Le Chene’s owner, Juan Alonso. As Amy and Jasper kindly put it, “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 our wines.”
Angeleno Wine Company is the newest addition to winemaking in Los Angeles in the last 30 years, and now the first winery to open in downtown LA in over 100 years. Although Jasper and Amy have produced wines under the Angeleno name since 2015, they have also opened a facility in 2019 that is complete with a tasting room, located at 1646 N Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012. Come visit and support our goal of bringing back a culture of winemaking back to the city.
Here are a couple of links to articles about Angeleno Wine Company:
And here are a few photos from Juan’s recent visit there!
Juan Alonso, the owner of this gem of a restaurant welcomed me with open arms, showing me old still photos from the restaurant scenes to the original locations from the counter to the pool table
My wife and I will be dining at LeChene in a couple of weeks. I’ll show her part of the road trip I took and hoping to stay at the small motel a stones throw from the restaurant.
Cannot wait to introduce Kris to Juan and, of course an amazing meal. 2112% recommendation to dine at this “bucket lister” restaurant.
Love Juan and his beautiful wife.