Rideau Vineyard

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1562 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang, CA 93463 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang Directions
Today 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM Open All Hours
+18056880717
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    Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mon-Fri
    11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Sat
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | 4 days ago
Beautiful place. Learn a lot. Fun place for the day!
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Report | 4 days ago
Wonderful experience and the the owner Iris and her staff (expect ally Norma) were very hospitable and personable. PLUS, their port wine "Beau Mon Cheri" was an absolute favorite.
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Report | 5 days ago
Such a beautiful winery! The people were friendly and infomatitive, the food was tasty, and the wine was delicious! We had such a great time!
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Report | 6 days ago
The wine was great, Shay our tour guide was wonderful and the Vineyard is beautiful.
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Report | 6 days ago
Such a great environment. Our tour guide Shay was incredibly knowledgeable. Very welcoming staff and delicious wines! A must!
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Report | 7 days ago
We loved being there. Very relaxing and excellent wines. Very warm staff. We will be returning.
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Report | 11 days ago
Wonderful tour! Very informative, beautiful property, excellent wines. Tasted 5 wines, lovely small cheese, meat, nuts, bread plate at the end to enjoy with last 2 wines. Had a yummy pizza afterwards while enjoying the serenity of the property.
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Report | 14 days ago
Beautiful setting and very informative and fun tour! Wines are all excellent.
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Report | 22 days ago
The tour runs about 2 hours and takes you through the vineyard and you learn about the wine making process while enjoying their wines. Be sure to bring sunglasses and a hat if you'll be there on a hot day as the tour begins outside.
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Report | a month ago
Arrive a little early and you might catch the founder, Iris Rideau, walking around with her two cute dogs that she calls her children. After the tour open up a bottle of wine and enjoy it outside as you bask in the beautiful surroundings.
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Iris Rideau was born in New Orleans, the city's famed food and drink forever defining her palate. As soon as she visited California, though, she fell in love with sunny beaches and rolling wine-country valleys. She ran several successful businesses there, helped champion the cause of affirmative action within the state, and in the '90s, headed to retirement on the 23-acre winery she'd spent her professional career slowly building. She called this haven Rideau Vineyard.

Iris, still passionate about the food of her childhood, felt that France's Rhône Valley wines best complemented the spicy Creole sauces she so loved. So, she dedicated her entire property to the production of those rare varietals, importing some second-generation Château de Beaucastel winery vines. She began growing Syrah, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, and Viognier grapes. As soon as her first bottles were ready, she invited her friends over for a series of Creole-inspired dinners that paired each dish with one of her wines. And of course, each evening was enhanced with the same traditional jazz music that seems to permeate the air in New Orleans. The experiences became wildly popular, and she expanded them to invite the public.

Even if they don't participate in the wine-and-food events, Rideau Vineyard's visitors can still sample Iris's award-winning wines in the unique tasting room—a two-story adobe built in 1884. It once served as a popular stagecoach stop and guest ranch on a famous route between Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara. Iris restored and renovated it, and the building now has historical landmark status from Santa Barbara County.

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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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