Have you ever thought of taking a trip to one of those fancy wine tastings somewhere? Good news, there’s no need to travel far. The tradition of offering a tasting room at a winery started and continues in Los Angeles.

It may surprise you to know that not only is there a winery here, but it’s not on some farmland on the outskirts of L.A. County. It’s right in the heart of the city on the edge of downtown.

San Antonio Winery is going strong at the same location it has held since 1917. The vineyards are long gone. The grapes are now imported from up North.

These days it’s the city that grows up all around the place, so you won’t have the idyllic wine country views you might have elsewhere, but you also don’t have the expense, pretense or time investment. What you will get is a friendly, casual atmosphere that’s rooted deep in a tradition of heritage and quality.

This October marks the 90th anniversary of the family-run business. The fact that their celebration on Oct. 14 was also a fundraiser for Childrens Hospital is testament to their active and vibrant participation in the community.

I had the pleasure of sharing some wine and conversation with the winery’s Mrs. Riboli.

“I think people enjoy the beauty of the restaurant being inside the winery,” she offered. “The food is delicious [most of the recipes are her own, but her description is still quite accurate], and the tour and wine tasting are free. We offer high quality and do our best to welcome people. I think they appreciate it.”

She’s correct. I did. The menu is moderately priced, and it’s the perfect place for both beginners and wine connoisseurs alike.

For more information, visit www.sanantoniowinery.com.