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Address: 1819 Ballard Canyon Road, Solvang, CA 93463
Phone Number: +1 805-688-1278
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Description: We are a boutique winery and vineyard, nestled among the oak-studded...
We are a boutique winery and vineyard, nestled among the oak-studded rolling hills of Ballard Canyon. Our mission is to create world-class, handcrafted wines that reflect our commitment to excellence and our love for this region. That commitment begins in our Estate Vineyard, which we re-planted in 2003 in order to capture the true character of Ballard Canyon, and which we meticulously farm in small lots. It extends to the winemaking process, during which we go to every possible length to achieve the delicate balance of "elegance & power" (Robert Parker, August 2010) for which our wines have become known around the world. Finally, it extends to our label, a Catalina tile, a family legacy symbol of our belief in the beauty of what arises from blending craft, earth, art and family.
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Lousy way to spend a Spring Day...NOT!

I really enjoy exploring SB County wineries. I grew up in the area during the 80s and have watched as the industry grew slowly at first to what has become a mature and respected... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Del Mar, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I really enjoy exploring SB County wineries. I grew up in the area during the 80s and have watched as the industry grew slowly at first to what has become a mature and respected wine producing region. This vintner is a fine example of what is produced within the county, a county the size of Napa and Sonoma combined. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The wine is some of the best I have ever tasted. We arrived around 11:30 am on a Saturday and the tasting room staff was excellent. Even the cleaning staff was very friendly. The outdoor patio sitting area was very clean and the view was so relaxing. We bought 2 bottles of Merlot and I think we will soon have... More 

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Southport, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went to Rusack on the basis of the TA recommendations. Multiple wine tastings are not our thing, but we do enjoy tasting good quality wines and talking to the local staff who actually know the wine and the area. The visit to Rusack was everything we wanted. The wine tasting is $12 per head, and includes a good quality,... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A small winery with excellent wines and nice people. Good for tastings and a good wine club. They have a wanted sign for Grape Crushing Personnel. You'll be pleased you met these folk.

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La Palma, CA
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Rusack Vineyards is a little bit hard to find as it is not near any other wineries. Beautiful location. Very Good 2012 Solomon Hills Pinot Noir for $45. Tasting fee was $12. Good Service.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

Rusack is one of my favorites in Santa Ynez. The location is on a quiet country road, with a nice shaded patio. The wines were all good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We went to Rusack on the recommendation from a friend who is in the wine industry and were not disappointed! We loved the wines and loved the view. I prefer reds but found both the reds and the whites to be very good. We stopped at the Los Olivos grocery on the way to pick up sandwiches because it's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We stumbled on Rusack in the mid '90s shortly after they had opened. It's a little off the beaten path from the rest of the wineries in the Solvang/Santa Ynez area but worth seeking out. We loved their reds and whenever we were in the Solvang area tried to stop by; twice in the last few months. Their wines have... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The first vineyard we ever visited where we liked each wine we tasted. Too bad they have such small production so the wine club ships only 2 bottles twice a year. Make the effort to visit and buy.

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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I haven't been to all the wineries in the Santa Ynez valley area, but I've visited a lot. My favorites are Lafond and Rusack, in that order. In both cases the wines are very good, the views and scenery are magnificent, and the service is friendly and enthusiastic. Both are a little isolated and off the beaten track. The tasting... More 

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