Assemblymember Brian Maienschein recently recognized Bernardo Winery and its owners, Ross Rizzo, Jr. and Veronica Hall-Rizzo, as the 2016 Small Business of the Year for the 77th Assembly District for their support of the local community and commitment to customer service. “Small businesses like Bernardo Winery are the backbone of California’s economy,” said Maienschein. “Bernardo Winery has created employment opportunities for local residents and has a long-standing tradition of great service to our community.”

Established in 1889, Bernardo Winery is one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in California. Nestled in the inland valleys of San Diego County and family-owned and operated since 1927, the winery’s ownership and staff are passionate about maintaining the beautifully nostalgic winery, sharing family traditions, and serving delicious wine. “We are honored to receive the Small Business of the Year award,” said Ross. “Bernardo Winery is committed to our local community, and we strive to give customers the best service possible while creating memorable experiences every day.”