Riverbench Vineyard was established in 1973, when the first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were planted on the bank of the Sisquoc River, known as the Santa Maria Bench. For decades since then, some of the most renowned wineries have purchased our fruit for their wines. In 2006, we began producing our own wines in limited quantities, with many available exclusively through our wine club and tasting rooms in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara, California.
Situated on the bank of the Sisquoc River in the southeastern edge of the Santa Maria Valley, the northernmost AVA in Santa Barbara County, Riverbench Vineyard currently consists of 115 acres of Pinot Noir and 15 acres of Chardonnay. As an historic vineyard planted in the early 1970's, we continually evaluate individual blocks as the vines age, replanting if needed or nurturing the old vines on site.
In 2008, we committed ourselves to our premium sparkling wine program, taking steps to grow wines that are inspired by centuries of sparkling wine making history in Champagne, France. In 2015, we added the third great grape varietal famous in that area, Pinot Meunier, to our vineyard. We began featuring the first Santa Barbara sparkling Pinot Meunier in our sparkling wine tasting flights beginning in 2019.