About This Winery
Santa Maria - For more than 30 years, Riverbench Vineyard has been recognized for producing world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Experience the warm hospitality in our Santa Maria Valley tasting room.
A beautiful new tasting room is in a restored 1920’s craftsman style house on the historic Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. The beautiful outdoor patio area is ideal for a wine country picnic, and vineyard and winery tours are offered by appointment.
Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when its first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were planted on the property. For years
Food & Wine – Wine not only serves as a fantastic way to unwind and relax, but it also plays a key role in creating and stimulating good memories.
This can be enhanced with the perfect food pairings; those that elevate the flavors and textures of both the food item and the wine. Singly, both components can be enjoyed easily, but together, the taster enjoys inspiring combinations. See Riverbed Recipes & food pairings
since then, some of the most renowned wineries in Santa Barbara County have purchased the 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.
New from Riverbench: "We have welcomed the New Year with a new winemaker, Clarissa Nagy. Having worked in the wine industry for the past 17 years, Nagy has become known for her elegant and sophisticated winemaking style, and has an appreciation for fruit that comes out of the Santa Maria Valley.
Nagy follows in the footsteps of Chuck Ortman, a pioneer in the wine industry who announced his retirement at the end of the 2011 vintage. For the past six vintages, Ortman crafted stunning Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs for Riverbench. The very pleasant and comfortable winery tasting room is located 10 minutes from Santa Maria and is open daily from 10 to 4 pm."
Winery InformationHours: Open 10 to 4 pm daily
Fees: Tasting fee $10
Price Range: $24 to $48 per bottle
Vineyards: 300 acres
Production: 3000 cases
Winery Dog: Roy
Winery URL: http://www.riverbench.com/index.php
- Gift Shop
- Casual & Relaxed
- Dog Friendly
- Family Run
- Historic Features
- Kid Friendly
- Off the Beaten Path
- Estate Grown Wines
- Pinot Noir