When the people speak, listen to what they have to say. That's probably good advice for a king, but it's done wonders for the Riboli Family, founders of Stella Rosa, as well. Hearing Californian wine drinkers repeatedly express a desire for sweet, light and refreshing wines, they decided to act. They began working with wineries in Italy to create and import their signature semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wines. Moscato D'Asti was the first and remains their flagship, but Stella Rosa now offers 16 distinctive wines to satisfy any wine drinker who walks into their tasting room.
The tale of Stella Rosa wines begins in 1917 when the Riboli Family purchased the now-legendary San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles. The City of Angels isn't exactly known for its wine production, but before the boom and hubbub of Hollywood and the film industry, viticulture and oenology were two of the predominant economic industries.
Growing grapes in the urban jungle of Los Angeles isn't as fruitful today. That's why Stella Rose chose the Asti region of Piedmont, Italy, to continue its winemaking venture. With a long growing season and the perfect soil, it's much easier to produce the aromatic grapes for semi-sweet and semi-sparkling wines there. Each phase of the wine production process is done in Asti and then imported to the U.S., yet Stella Rosa doesn't carry the hefty price tag of other imported wines.
Moscato D'Asti is a swell choice to start your venture into Stella Rosa wines. However, the 15 other flavors offer a little something for everyone. On a hot summer's day, nothing beats a Stella Pink, Stella Black or Stella Berry. Each wine provides a burst of juicy berries in each sip that's balanced and tantalizingly tasty. Special occasions may require some bubbly action, making the Imperiale Black Lux the sparkling wine that makes a statement.