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Rusack Vineyards

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Address: 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd, Solvang, CA 93463-9766
Phone Number: +1 805-688-1278
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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We are really not wine drinkers but wanted to learn more about growing the grapes and making wine since we were near wineries. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent there. We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bill B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are really not wine drinkers but wanted to learn more about growing the grapes and making wine since we were near wineries. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent there. We did the wine testing of six types. The bar tender took the time to explain things to us answering all of our questions which we appreciated. We were... More 

Thank Bill B
Oakville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Rusack is on Ballard Canyon Road - one of the most beautiful roads in the Santa Ynez Valley. Overlooking the vines, we enjoyed a picnic lunch and our wine tasting. The Sauvignon Blanc was my favorite. It's been an extremely hot, dry summer in California. This particular day called for a cold, crisp wine. The Sauvignon Blanc matched nicely with... More 

Thank Rosemary M
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We drove from Santa Barbara through San Marcos pass, which is beautiful scenic route to wine county. We stopped in Los Olivos to pick up a picnic lunch before heading to Rusack. Being wine novices we didn't really know what to expect and were a little under confident, however staff were great - we did the tasting menu for $15... More 

1 Thank kal206
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Great wines, BYO- Picnic, shaded lawn, gorgeous vistas and an overall chill vibe. What else could you want in a vineyard? Plus on the drive up you pass a bison ranch, which is a cool off-site feature.

Thank PlsPassthePinot
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Very nice place to stop and admire the view. Very peaceful place. You can calmly sit on the outside tables, taste the wine and share your toast with the birds that come close to you.

Thank MarcelloNitz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were visiting wineries for a 30th anniversary in the Solvang area. Someone recommended rusack Vineyards to us. This does not disappoint! The staff is very friendly and educates you on all of their wines. The outdoors is spectacular. There's a beautiful patio with trees, shade, flowers and a great view of the vines! Their Pinot Noir... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

We really wanted to like this place as the ambience, location and view are stunning however, it does not make up for the lack of service one can expect to receive if you aren't white. 1.) We were charged before our tasting (which is not customary in a tasting room) while we watched as other white couples were not. 2.)... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

I have been coming to Solvang since before I was able to enjoy wine and I have to say this winery is one of my very favorites in the beautiful Solvang. It is ideal for a picnic lunch with friends, a wine tasting for two or even just to enjoy the patio with a nice glass with your family. It... More 

1 Thank Becky197043
Istanbul Province, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

This is a place not only for wine tasting but also for great relaxation in a green world surrounded by a vineyard, shady trees and mountains.If you sit at the deck you can experience great views of green hills and beautiful trees. This place has regular visitors. It is worth a visit.

Thank nkohen
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2016

This was our favorite stop for the views and the nice drive through greenery to get to the vineyard. We went on a Tuesday and there was only one other couple which was nice because we could roam. The deck has great views of green hills and everything is designed very nicely. The wine was good but not our favorite... More 

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