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Address: 137 Anacapa St, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1848
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+1 805-324-4100
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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.

Our Santa Barbara Tasting location is a great place to enjoy wine by the glass, by the bottle, or in a tasting flight. Just steps from the beach, the Funk Zone is the place to be in Santa Barbara!

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Nice tasting of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties. Friendly host. Would return. Be sure to let them know where you're heading next...the staff may have coupons for other... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 16, 2017
Nicholas G
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

Nice tasting of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties. Friendly host. Would return. Be sure to let them know where you're heading next...the staff may have coupons for other vineyards, which can be handy for some nice 2-for-1 wine tastings elsewhere, which was quite kind!

Thank Nicholas G
Oxnard, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I went to River Bench after taking the train up from Oxnard. The tasting was great, River Bench winery has some incredibly enjoyable wines to choose from. It is also in a great location, there are so many food places to choose from so after our wine experience our host Chris (who is fantastic at his job)... More 

Thank AdavidsonJr
New Milford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

Excellent Pinot Noirs and my wife enjoyed their sparkling wine, but the tasting room experience felt very impersonal. We learned nothing about the winery, the owners, or their history. We were lucky to be told what was being told and what we should expect to be tasting. We might as well have been in a bar for the lack of... More 

Thank John B
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

I love my wine and Riverbench served up some interesting options in a fun atmosphere. I was here with a group of friends and really enjoyed it - so this is well worth a stop on your walk through this part of town.

Thank aimoverseas
Palm Springs, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2016

in the Funk Zone of downtown Santa Barbara. No need to drive to the Santa Maria valley area to taste this excellent wine. Staff was friendly & knowledgeable.

Thank Desertconcierge
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2015

We stopped in Riverbench with reference from Santa Barbara Winery. We are so glad we did. We tried everything, the White flight (mostly Chardonnay), the Pinot flight, and the Sparkling flight. These are seriously great wines, that are well priced. We loved them so much we joined the wine club, and all three of our tastings were free because we... More 

Thank julieb10204
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2015

I would not refer to a winery as an "attraction" but the other categories are not appropriate. The only "fee" is that you pay for the flight(s) and glasses consumed. I decided that the third wine tasting would be sparkling and received a suggestion for Riverbench from Pali. Excellent recommendation and a perfect addition to our time in the Funk... More 

Thank Kathleen T
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2015

Awesome decor inside. Perfect place to stop in for a glass of wine. I actually got the champagne flight as I was in the mood for some bubbles. It was delicious!!! The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable... could pick out a glass of wine that I really liked. Would absolutely go back.

Thank Coley9117
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2015

Finally! A winery that does an exclusive sparkling wine tasting....Riverbench was the highlight of my day spent wine tasting in the Funk Zone. In addition to the sparkling, they also offer Pinot Noir and Chardonnay tastings. All are fantastic as I did all 3 and I liked it so much I joined the wine club. Personally I liked their Pinot... More 

Thank WestsideGirl
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2014

Cassandra and Drew were working when we visited the Riverbench tasting room. Both were extremely knowledgable about the wine they were presenting, and very personable. The ambiance of the tasting room is wonderful. A great place to visit!

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