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Address: 6020 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone Number: 805-937-8340
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when its first Chardonnay...

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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Picnic benches and great wine

The wines were really fantastic, and we stopped with our lunch and enjoyed a chilled Chardonnay that we had just purchased, and had a wonderful time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 10, 2015
Tony L
Orange County, California
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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The wines were really fantastic, and we stopped with our lunch and enjoyed a chilled Chardonnay that we had just purchased, and had a wonderful time.

Derbyshire England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Visited this as our first port of call on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. (The name of this somehow managed to get transposed to "Divergence" in our seperate review of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail) We were made to feel very welcome here and had the "ropes" explained to us (this was our first experience of WineTasting) and were introduced... More 

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Rainier, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Riverbench is off the beaten path, far up the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, almost to Santa Maria, so most tourists miss it. They offer a great old Craftsman-style location, dog-friendly, and average wine. Worth a trip out of the way.

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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.

Chicago, Illinois
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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.

seal beach,ca
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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 

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Altadena, California
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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 

Nipomo, California
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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.

Newport Coast, CA
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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.

Santa Maria, California
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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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