We are constantly receiving requests for a "local, Santa Barbara Champagne". Since, technically, Champagne can only come from the Champagne region, all other bubbly is referred to as Sparkling Wine. On a Sunday afternoon tasting tour of the famed Santa Barbara Funk Zone, we were thrilled to discover the delicious line up of Sparkling Wines from Riverbench. And once we made our way through their bubbly, we fell in love with their other signature wines, such as the Reisling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. And although we are not typically fans of Rose, their's became our go to Summer wine for picnics and in particular a couple of baby showers.
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 Riverbench Winery's 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.