Take in the vineyard views in a restored 1920’s craftsman style house on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Our garden, with a bocce ball court and horseshoe pit, is ideal for a wine country picnic.
Riverbench tasting room professional Jules Reuter invites you to join him on a journey through the vineyard. Take in the spectacular views of the Santa Maria Valley as you explore the vines that surround you. The tour begins with a splash of Riverbench sparkling wine, followed by the vineyard walk, and will conclude with a wine tasting of Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Open to adults and children of all ages able to walk up to 1 mile on flat but uneven terrain. Please wear comfortable footwear suitable for light hiking and sunscreen is recommended. Wine tasting is permitted to adults age 21 or over. In case of rain, tasting will be held in the VIP room and tour fee will be refunded.
Our Easter Egg Hunt has become very popular since we started hosting the annual event in 2008. Over 2,000 eggs are hidden in the garden surrounding our vineyard tasting room in the Santa Maria Valley. The eggs are filled with candy for the kids and some special prizes for their parents, including Riverbench hats, shirts and hoodies.Bring your little ones and take in the festivities while sipping on your favorite Riverbench wines, listening to music by Natalie Haskins and enjoying picnic lunch from local food truck, Cubanissimo. Music and food are only available for the Saturday egg hunts. Saturday at 11 AM, children 7 and under will be allowed to hunt for eggs. Sorry, no older kids at this one! Saturday at 2 PM, all ages are welcome! We look forward to sharing a special day with all of you. Event Update: Due to the early sell-out of our Saturday Easter egg hunts we have extended the fun to Friday, March 30th. We are now offering an 11am hunt available for children of all ages! Tips for a great day: Secure your tickets early - this event always sells out and we limit attendance to make it fun for everyone While not required, why not dress the kids up for great photo ops (local news usually covers the event) Bring a blanket for a wine country picnic on the lawn Don't forget a basket for collecting eggs Photo by Frank Cowan, Santa Maria Times
Join one of our favorite local chefs, Brian Collins of Ember Restaurant, for an intimate outdoor dinner held at our private vineyard house nestled among the vines. Our vineyard is the heart and soul of Riverbench wines. Our limited production Tributary Pinot Noir comes from approximately 100 vines which receive the utmost care and attention. This wine, made only in exceptional vintages, is a tribute to our sustainable farming practices and the result of sparing no expense in the winemaking process. The evening will begin with a sparkling wine reception paired with appetizers, followed by a three-course dinner paired with the 2010, 2013 and not yet released 2017 Tributary Pinot Noir wines. -Full menu and directions to venue to be released to ticket holders. Limited seating available, please secure tickets early, as this event will sell out. Each individual, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Must be 21 to enjoy wine pairings.
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