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Rideau Vineyard, Solvang

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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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  • August 31, 2017
    My wife and I decided to visit a new winery and we made a great choice in Rideau Vineyard. We took the wine/tasting tour with Shay, he is a blast. With the tour comes 5 wine tasting and snacks. The pr...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The grounds of the winery were breathtakingly beautiful. Three of us walked in for wine tastings. My two friends had never done this before and I had really built up the experience. This was our first...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    The location is beautiful, the price of the tasting's fair and wonderful wines. Following this route would have several other various but we stopped by here after all we'd have a trip back to do. Next time we will arrange a hotel in solvang to do the entire route. Excellent option. Super indico
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  • February 28, 2017
    We had been meaning to come here for quite awhile since we frequently wine taste in the Santa Ynez area and finally made it in. We got in relatively late on a Thursday and had great personal service from Nicki. She was very friendly and was able to speak well to each wine and the grounds. It is unusual to find a winery like this that not only has beautiful grounds but great wines across the board. Every wine we tried was very good so we were surprised. We ended up buying some wines and joining the Cellar Club so we can enjoy these wines even more!
  • April 20, 2017
    I found their menu distasteful and hard to read. When I asked to speak to their Director of Menus I was rudely ignored. I was not impressed and will never be going back. I also would not recommend this winery to anyone that has any elegance, taste, or class. One star.
  • October 4, 2016
    Shay, Shay, Shay, that's all I need to say. But I will say more because he deserves it. One of the most well informed very knowledgable guides I've ever met. Shay is a HOOT!! His dry Irish humor keeps you laughing and well engaged. Just make sure to hold your glass by the stem, not the bowl...
  • June 8, 2016
    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."
  • April 5, 2016
    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.

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