We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Riverbench Vineyard and Winery

Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 6020 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone Number: 805-937-8340
Website
Today
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when its first Chardonnay and...
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!
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 23 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 16
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Nice tasting at Riverbench

We had a lovely wine tasting at Riverbench. The $15 wine flight offers a good selection of wines from rose to white and then red. Amber and Faith were very informative about the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
OzCindy
,
London
Add Photo Write a Review

23 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
London
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We had a lovely wine tasting at Riverbench. The $15 wine flight offers a good selection of wines from rose to white and then red. Amber and Faith were very informative about the grapes and the winery generally. It is set amongst the vineyards so is very picturesque.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Lovely setting - recommend bringing a lunch to enjoy out on the patio. The Reserve pinot and the One Palm Pinot stood out. Rest of the tasting wines were solid . Tasting fee is $15/6 wines. Very reasonable.

Was this review helpful? Yes
seal beach,ca
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
17 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We have become Riverbench wine club members because they do such a good job with their wines and hosting their winery. Every year we have had a complimentary lunch when we have visited the winery paired with the wine tasting. The pinot noir and chardonnay are in a class above others. In the good old days, we were wine club... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Altadena, California
Contributor
12 reviews 12 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nipomo, California
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newport Coast, CA
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Maria, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
196 reviews 196 reviews
54 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Barbara
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Riverbench Vineyard and Winery also viewed

 

Been to Riverbench Vineyard and Winery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Riverbench Vineyard and Winery staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?