Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, Santa Barbara

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Certified-sustainable boutique winery dedicated to Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wines from a single vineyard on the bank of the ancient Sisquoc River, known as the Santa Maria Bench.

Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when it’s first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were planted on the property. Since then, some of the most renowned wineries in Santa Barbara County have purchased our fruit for their own wines.

Take in the vineyard views from our Santa Maria Valley tasting room - a restored 1920’s craftsman style house on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Our garden, with a bocce ball court and horseshoe pit, is ideal for a wine country picnic.
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  • This was our favorite tasting during our two days of sampling Santa Barbara and Santa Yanez valley wines. We bought a bottle of their Chard that was buttery with a not-too-oaky taste (we do even like....  more
    This was our favorite tasting during our two days of sampling Santa Barbara and Santa Yanez valley wines. We bought a bottle of their Chard that was buttery with a not-too-oaky taste (we do even like....  more »
  • We visited Riverbench winery, and sampled the sparkling wine tasting. It was an exceptional experience, both the wines and the knowledge from Jodie our host. This winery is situated in the funk zone.....  more
    We visited Riverbench winery, and sampled the sparkling wine tasting. It was an exceptional experience, both the wines and the knowledge from Jodie our host. This winery is situated in the funk zone.....  more »
  • This was a stop on the Urban Wine Trail card. We really enjoyed the chardonnays and the clone 115 Pinot. Brad was hilarious!!!! Shipping rates were good! 
    This was a stop on the Urban Wine Trail card. We really enjoyed the chardonnays and the clone 115 Pinot. Brad was hilarious!!!! Shipping rates were good!  more »
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  • The wine is a great representation of the best of the Santa Maria wine country. Loved the Stainless Chardonnay and the estate Pinot. Beautiful outdoor tasting area. Staff was great!
  • Love their Pinot Noir. Great places to stop and have a glass of wine. Lovely outdoor seating. Everyone is so nice.
  • We had a lovely tasting experience with Brad during our trip to Riverbench on a Friday afternoon. We came for the Chardonnays and we fell in love with the sparkling selection as well! Brad went above and beyond with our tasting experience. A lovely spot with fantastic wines, we look forward to stopping here again soon!
  • Really a wonderful spot. Especially love the staff there on Sundays who are so gracious and welcoming. Highly recommend!
  • Very pleasant place to stop by [pre-C-19 anyway]. Pleasant people, nice grounds, scenic drives both up the mountain [up Tepusequat road which while beautiful is not for the faint of heart] or down the valley toward many other vineyards & then Solvang, and good wines. Well worth a stop as part of a scenic drive. Who knew behind Santa Maria there was such an amazing area. That area has old towns, old oils fields, vineyards, out of the way side roads, but the beaten tourist vine area is best done off season.

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