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Noella B.
Verified
Report | 9 days ago
Check the weather before you get there. The weather was a perfect 71 degrees and Sunny. The vineyards are amazing!
Anna N J.
Verified
Report | 13 days ago
Very great tour and wine tasting thank you Norma
Tiawna C.
Verified
Report | 16 days ago
Be ready to buy some amazing wine! Make sure to print the receipt or have a screenshot as you don't have much cell service when you get there.
Westley J.
Verified
Report | 17 days ago
The tour was awesome. Especially our tour guide Norma. Super knowledgeable about the winery and wine in general.
Yesenia B.
Verified
Report | 22 days ago
Wonderful place to visit with that special someone or a group. Great hospitality and knowledge. Love the wines....you will not be disappointed!
Sandy M.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Very nice....good wine
Lynette J.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Get there on time if you have an appointment as they leave on time, but you can go back and catch up, enjoy
ld
Verified
Report | a month ago
Very nice area, garden.
ellen d.
Verified
Report | a month ago
The Sunday tour is terrific!
David S.
Verified
Report | a month ago
Shay is an awesome tour guide...lovely man.
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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 Rh?ne 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 Ch?teau de Beaucastel winery vines. She began growing Syrah, Mourv?dre, 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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