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Rideau Vineyard, Solvang

Categories: Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
Rideau Vineyard was founded in 1997 by New Orleans native Iris Rideau. Early on in the winery's inception, Iris Rideau decided to dedicate her estate vineyard entirely to Rhône varietals. She felt that Rhône wines were not only ideally suited to the Santa Ynez Valley AVA, but also instinctively felt that they were best suited to the Creole cuisine of her childhood.

Indeed, as the vines matured, and the first estate wines were produced, Iris soon began hosting a series of Creole-inspired dinners, with each dish paired with a Rhône varietal. The dinners were wildly successful, and soon became full-fledged winery events, attracting food and wine lovers from around the country. Today, Iris continues to host frequent events held at the winery grounds, pairing the food of her homeland with Rhône varietals.
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  • I bought a groupon for two that included a tour, tasting, snack, class. Upon arriving you notice what a lovely place this is, an old adobe home on the register of historic landmarks surrounded by beau...  read more »
  • One of the best Vineyards I have toured so far. Thanks to Groupon we found you! The rose gardens were in full bloom surrounded by a green lawn and acres of plumbed up vines. Our tour guide was delight...  read more »
  • We attended for a wine tour but found they didn't run the tour on a Thursday. They do a tour at $35 for two including tasting which was eye recommendation from the visitor centre. As there was no tour...  read more »
  • We met Iris Rideau and her wonderful staff June 3, 2016. What a warm and welcoming group! We had a long conversation with Iris that felt like talking to an old friend. Nicki, who poured the wine, was a delightful young woman, obviously passionate about her job. We did not get the name of the male staffer, but he was terrific as well. And the wine!! The mourvedre' was our favorite. We bought bottles for friends we were meeting that weekend. Definitely a must stop - we went there at the suggestion of friends. It was one of our destinations and so worth it! At the end they hug you and say "welcome to the family."
  • Fantastic vineyard with great wine tasting. We didn't do the tour but have heard wonderful things. Staff is very kind whether you are a connoisseur or a beginner. Wonderful vibe.
  • Tour was very informative and the wine was delicious. I'm officially a wine connoisseur lol
  • I am normally quite positive on my reviews but was really disappointed with our visit. Wines were mediocre, staff were not very knowledgeable, tasting room wasn't much to see.
  • Whether you're a complete beginner or someone who really likes to hear new opinions about wine and wine tasting, I can't recommend their wine tasting classes and tour enough. Shay was an excellent guide who pointed out all kinds of lesser known facts about horticulture, and patiently answered every question we had to throw at him. Everyone we met who went there as well loved it, although we all seemed to have different favorites from the wine tasting. The main tasting building is also part historical monument, and you can see the brick from the original Adobe, which is the oldest standing one in California.
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