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Riverbench Vineyard and Winery

Address: 6020 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone Number: 805-937-8340
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Ranked #1 of 16 Activities in Santa Maria
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Owner description: Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when its first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were...
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Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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!
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Altadena, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

You'll love tasting the wide variety of wines. The location is lovely and the view of the surrounding valley is picturesque. All of the staff were friendly, informative, and funny. Santa was gracious enough to take a picture with us as well. I left with a bottle of Chapel View Chardonnay which I found tasty. Next time I visit Santa... More 

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Nipomo, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The oldest vineyard in Santa Barbara County, Riverbench is on the edge of the Sisquoc River just outside of the village of Sisquoc. The views are incredible, and the wines are quite good, especially the Chardonnay.

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Newport Coast, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The location here is so great! Off the beaten path with open space all around. It looks like a house very nicely renovated and the grounds are beautiful with lots of areas to sit or throw a blanket. We came for a "Bulldog Fundraiser" which was a really fun event, and very worthy cause.

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Santa Maria, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The tasting is a good price and the country atmosphere is excellent! $10 for a tasting. Only negative was a bad smell coming from the bar area but that would be an easy fix. Over all a great time.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a nice surprise and pleasant setting for wine tasting just outside Santa Maria. We enjoyed their chardonnays and pinot noirs so much that we joined their wine club. Great outdoor area to enjoy a picnic lunch or cheese and fruit with one of their wines!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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173 reviews 173 reviews
46 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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