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Riverbench Vineyard and Winery

6020 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
805-937-8340
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Ranked #6 of 12 activities in Santa Maria
Type: Wineries
Owner description: Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when its first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were planted on the property. For years since then, some... more » Owner description: Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when its first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were planted on the property. For years since then, some of the most renowned wineries in Santa Barbara County have purchased our fruit for their own wines. Over time Riverbench has become a prominent name for high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Santa Maria Valley.In 2004, a group of local families purchased the property. Wine drinkers themselves, the owners quickly became enamored with the wine industry and decided to start producing their own wine label using small quantities of their exceptional fruit. Riverbench Winery was born.The first vintage included both Estate and Reserve versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Since then, our portfolio has increased to include new interpretations of these noble varietals. All Riverbench wines are made in limited quantities, and many are available exclusively through our tasting room.We are a Santa Barbara Green Business! « less
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Phoenix, Arizona
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125 reviews 125 reviews
24 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We visited this winery because our friends are members there. We had a delicious lunch and wine tasting outside in the garden. The staff was exceedingly friendly and welcoming. They made you feel like you want to come back.

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Santa Barbara
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I loved the new tasting room in the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara. Nice, relaxing atmosphere, attentive staff, dog friendly. I will definitely be visiting again.

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Irvine, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We drove down Foxen Canyon Rd and decided to stop here. Both the inside and outside of the winery are beautiful; the outside has gorgeous flowers and lots of tables for you to sit at and enjoy your wine, and the inside is newly renovated. There is a small gift shop with cute gifts, and they also sell cheese and... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We visited several tasting rooms during the day, and Riverbench was a standout. The tasting room and the small grounds were beautiful and, by the way, the wine was terrific. Unlike most other places, this place also sells a small selection of food.

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Santa Clarita, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

On a day trip to the Santa Ynez wine country area, we made a point to visit Riverbench Winery since the description of the tasting room, grounds and the wines they specialize in appealed to us. The wine tasting room is a beautifully restored Craftsman style home. It is very tastefully decorated and the whole house is immaculate, but it... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We visited Riverbench for the first time during a recent trip. First of all, I highly recommend the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, it's a very pretty country drive that you won't get if you stay down in the Solvang area. As for Riverbench itself, it is located in a restored craftsman style house - nice building and tasting room. As... More

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Southern California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

a comfortable, welcoming small tasting room with some terrific wines and terrific hostess in Krystal. She not only made us feel like we were welcome guests but also gave great suggestions for other wineries and lunch locations for the the day. Definitely will return.

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Discovered River Bench several years ago on our way to Cambria Wines. The tasting room is a very well decorated room. It has the feel of being in someones house, very cozy and comfortable. The tasting room has some nice gifts for purchase. I am a huge fan of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which is this wineries speciality. I have... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Lovely offering of wines in a beautiful setting. I was very surprised by the 2009 Bedrock (stainless) chardonnay. It was clean, oak free, and a subtle/delicate example of what Chardonnay can be. The star of the show was the 2009 Mesa Pinot Noir, offering lavender and cedar notes, with a bouquet of flowers. Purchased a bottle of the sparkling wine,... More

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Irvine, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Beautiful vineyard; winetasting costs $10, which is common at most tasting rooms, and the wine is tasty. The time we were there, however, the person doing the pouring often had to ask someone else in response to questions that were asked, but the setting is beautiful, and hopefully as he gains experience, he'll know more!

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