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Address: 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454-9656
Phone Number: +1 805-937-8340
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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.In 2004, a group of local families purchased the property. Wine drinkers themselves, the owners quickly became enamored with the wine industry and decided to start producing their own wine label using small quantities of their exceptional fruit. Riverbench Winery was born.The first vintage included both Estate and Reserve versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Since then, our portfolio has increased to include new interpretations of these noble varietals. All Riverbench wines are made in limited quantities, and many are available exclusively through our tasting room.We are a Santa Barbara Green Business!

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Nice Place, Good Wines

This is a nice winery with a nice tasting room and really engaging tasting staff. The wines were good, especially the bubblies (we understand their specialty), and some of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
Dan V
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Plainfield, Illinois, USA
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Plainfield, Illinois, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a nice winery with a nice tasting room and really engaging tasting staff. The wines were good, especially the bubblies (we understand their specialty), and some of the pinot. This was our first stop of the day so we didn't stay as long as we should have. They were just starting music outside and it would have been... More 

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Dana Point, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Well that was the plan, we got messed up and tried the reds, I will return and try their bubbly selections. A beautiful property but we visited during rain. You should put this on your list.

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Roseville, California
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228 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

As a teacher in Santa Maria from 1960 to 1969, I knew there was much farming in the valley. But there were no wineries. Years later when returning to the area, it’s a new scene. One of my old pals, Steve Will, was part owner of Riverbench, I heard, so I visited the place on an August Sunday. I chose... More 

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Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

This place is a jewel. The tasting room is part of a nicely made up old house surrounded by a lovely garden/picnic area. The ladies that were working in the tasting room the day my friends and I met up for a reunion were extremely friendly and fun. They have a bubbly tasting option in addition to a Reds only... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

We really enjoyed the wines at Riverbench. They have a fridge with cheese and salami as well as crackers to buy. Sitting outside and enjoying our wine tasting with a wine and cheese plate was one of the highlights. So relaxing and peaceful.

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Santa Maria, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Only drink white wine, but there was none available. A little pricey for tasting. Did not taste any of the red wines. Daughter liked one of types.

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Riverbench7, General Manager at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, responded to this review

Hi there! We are a little confused by this review, because we do make several white wines and offer them for tasting. From Riesling to sparkling white wines to a range of Chardonnays, we have quite a selection for white wine drinkers and all of these are offered on our various tasting lists. Can you clarify what happened during your... More 

La Palma, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

My wife and older daughter loved the sparkling wine. My wife's favorite was the Demi Sec for $38 a bottle. Tasting fee of $20 for tasting four sparkling wines was waived with the purchase of three bottles. My son-in-law and I thought the Riverbench pinot noir was just average. We both preferred the 2013 Pommard Pinot Noir for $46 a... More 

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Riverbench7, General Manager at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. We are so glad you visited and hope you'll come back again soon! Cheers. More 

Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

I was very happy to find out we could mix and match wines from the tasting menu since none of the pre-set ones fully appealed to me. This is a great place to sit outside and enjoy the area when the weather is nice.

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Riverbench7, General Manager at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, responded to this review

Hi there! Thank you for your wonderful review of our facility. We're glad you came to visit and enjoyed your time with us. Is there anything we can do to earn better than a 3 point rating from you? Thanks so much, Laura Booras General Manager More 

Seal Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

Riverbench does a great job. We used to belong to at least a dozen wine clubs but eliminated all but two and one is Riverbench because of their good wines and nice people. There is one winery up the road that employs snotty people. Life is just too short for bad attitudes.

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Riverbench7, General Manager at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind words! We agree with you - bad attitudes are no good! Cheers, and hope to see you again soon! Laura More 

San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

We absolutely love everything about this winery. We are wine club members who love visiting so much that we drive from San Diego to pick up our shipments in person. The tasting room is a beautiful 1920s craftsman style home in a most beautiful setting. The wines are exceptional! Amber is the nicest person you will ever meet at a... More 

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