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Rancho Sisquoc Video Tour

Rancho Sisquoc

6600 Foxen Canyon Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 934-4332

Tasting:   Open 10 to 4pm weekdays, 10 to 5pm Friday to Sunday
Tasting fee $8 including souvenir glass
10% case discount
  Informal Tours
  Historic Landmark #877
Price Range:   $12 to $30 per bottle
Established:   1972
Vineyards:   350 acres
  16,000 cases

Rancho Sisquoc Description

Four miles down a long narrow farm road, past row crops and fruit trees, lies the reward of the charming and relaxed Rancho Sisquoc Winery. The historic San Ramon Chapel (State Historical Landmark #877) overlooks the entrance to the ranch, and is the subject artwork on all the wine labels.

Originally an 1852 Mexican land grant, the ranch has provided fruit for many wineries in the state. In 1972 the winery pressed its first harvest, and was one of only a handful of winemaking operations in the region at the time. Originally known for its rich Cabernet Sauvignon and sweet Riesling, the winery has added Chardonnay, Sylvaner, Merlot, Sangiovese and Bordeaux blends.

As you pull up to the cluster of buildings under the sycamore and oak trees, the aged wooden deck and rustic tasting room transports you back in time. In the Chumash language Sisquoc means “Gathering Place,” and the grounds of the winery are just that. The farmhouse and barn date from the early 1900s, and artifacts of an earlier age lend the ranch a feeling of a time when the pace was slow and unhurried.

Inside the cozy tasting room the tasting staff pours wines and answers questions about the building’s history and early winemaking in the area. A large antique ice box with wooden doors and brass handles sits in the corner, keeping food items cool. Picnic tables, a grassy lawn and a covered deck are available for lounging.

Rancho Sisquoc Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Picnic Sites- Superior
Event Space
Gift Shop
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Rancho Sisquoc Reviews

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Love this place
PaFreund, Palmdale
I've visited this beautifully set winery since 1978 and have never been disappointed. With so many good varieties to choose from I find several that I take home with each visit. In no particular order I enjoy the Sylvaner, Riesling, Merlot, River Red, Tre Vini, and Cabernet. Best kept secret is their Malbec, which has been awesome in recent years. Becky and Sarah in the tasting room are fun to chat with and very knowledgeable. We're Wine Club members. We especially enjoy the Day at the Ranch party in July when members are invited to attend a barbecue with wine and live music. It's always a blast. It's my personal favorite of all the Foxen Canyon Road wineries because of the quality and value of their wines and the ambiance of the setting. Definitely worth stopping for a visit. You'll want to return.

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One of the favourites
kirkdicanio, simi valley
This is one we have to stop at every time we visit Foxen Canyon. The funny thing is no matter how good the reds are, I alwaays end up with Sisquoc River Red because irrespective of the year, it's outstanding and fantastic value as it's one of the less expensive wines. This visit we loved the riesling and at $9 a bottle, you can't go wrong. We found their merlot and Cab to be very unrewarding though. We took 3 bottles of riesling and 2 bottles of Red River and were on our merry way.

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Lori Rose, Channel Islands Beach
Relaxed country setting with wood house style or farm setting tasting room. Park like setting, flowers and trees make a nice pic nic setting and area to let dog roam. The day we went, we were invited to a private tasting in the back room with absolutely lovely scrumptious food and wines. MY FAVORITE OF ALL TIME!!!! YOU MUST GO.

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Affordable Wines & Picturesque
Eagle12, Chicago
What a great place for wine and picnics. Our third day on the wine trail brings us to Rancho, I know the wines, we have drank bottles of their Cab for dinner the previous 2 nights. The prices here are as reasonable as it gets for decent wine. 30 dollars max per bottle. There are 3 couples in our party and we all join the wine club. The staff was incredible, the wine value is hard to match. When we arrived the tasting room was empty, only 2 other people. We avoided the crowds from the harvest celebration the day prior to our visit. After tasting 7 wines we purchase over 2 mixed cases of wine. The Cab and Tre Vini are our faves. This is also our picnic spot so we find a table in the shade and have lunch. The Ranch is not to be missed for value and scenery, Stop at the San Ramon Chapel and its cemetery where multiple Foxen family members are buried.

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Great location/Great Wine
vcgeno, Scottsdale
Been there three times and are a member of their wine club. Fun tasting room as you drive up a long driveway and make your way into the barn. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and help make it a very pleasant experience. Nice place to picnic. Wine is all very good with the river red a particularly good value. Should be on your list if you are in the area.

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Definitely Worth The Drive
WineHound, San Luis Obispo
This is a great location for relaxing in the middle or at the end of a day of tasting. The grounds with lush trees welcome you to hang around and enjoy their wine. The history and fine wine come together very well and it seems immedately friendly. They have a great selection of wines and I happened to be in the mood for some cold white wine on this hot day. Wouldn't you know, their Riesling was on sale and excellent! Include them on your Santa Ynez and Santa Maria wine trips.

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A Favorite
simplywine, Brea
Rancho was our favorite stop on our Santa Barbara wine excursion. The little cabin in the woods gave a very relaxed feel and in our opinion, the wine was phenomenal. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and when a large tour group arrived behind us, we did not feel ignored or inconvenienced. Absolutely worth the visit, you will not be disappointed!

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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