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Rusack Vineyards

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Address: 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd, Solvang, CA 93463-9766
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+1 805-688-1278
11:00 - 17:00
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We are a boutique winery and vineyard, nestled among the oak-studded...

We are a boutique winery and vineyard, nestled among the oak-studded rolling hills of Ballard Canyon. Our mission is to create world-class, handcrafted wines that reflect our commitment to excellence and our love for this region.

That commitment begins in our Estate Vineyard, which we re-planted in 2003 in order to capture the true character of Ballard Canyon, and which we meticulously farm in small lots. It extends to the winemaking process, during which we go to every possible length to achieve the delicate balance of "elegance & power" (Robert Parker, August 2010) for which our wines have become known around the world. Finally, it extends to our label, a Catalina tile, a family legacy symbol of our belief in the beauty of what arises from blending craft, earth, art and family.

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Excellent wine in beautiful Ballard Canyon location!

Love their wines, great Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah, etc. Plan on opening a bot you've purchased there and picnicking on their beautiful deck. Gorgeous!

Reviewed 1 week ago
Monterey, California
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Monterey, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love their wines, great Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah, etc. Plan on opening a bot you've purchased there and picnicking on their beautiful deck. Gorgeous!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wine country panorama while you sip fabulous wines. A local favorite, by all appearances with locals arriving with picnic lunches and selecting a pre-chilled wine to go with it. The wine tasting itself offered 6 wines and free glassware to boot. We could have whiled away the day, and never moved from that beautiful, shady deck. Thank you, Rusack!

Thank Sborowski
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a stunning place to go for wine tasting on a Sunday afternoon. It's a beautiful vineyard surrounded with green mountains and they have some smooth wines which we enjoyed. The staff is extremely friendly and we felt homely the time we spent there. The outdoor sitting under the oak tree zipping wine in zen atmosphere can't expect anything better... More 

Thank Leon F
San Clemente, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A girl friend and I decided on a few days of wine tasting to relax and my husband sent me his lengthy list on wineries that he likes, hears about, reads about, etc. Rusack happened to be one and it was close to our stay in Solvang so we stopped by. Beautiful and short drive along windy roads suddenly leads... More 

Thank Christy B
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

This is our very favorite winery in all of the Santa Ynez Valley. The view from the Rusack Vineyards is sensational, and can compete with the most beautiful wineries in Tuscany or Umbria. It is simply gorgeous. Sitting on the patio under the oak trees is a magnificent way to spend an afternoon. The staff at Rusack is friendly and... More 

Thank Pippiduck
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our wine tasting on the outdoor patio under a large twisting oak tree overlook the vineyards and green rolling hills. We sampled 5 wines and they did a wonderful job describing each wine as well as the local story behind some of them including the connection to the wrigley wine and goats. Will definitely stop here again!

Thank mark N
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous location but wine very bitter and seems not quite ready. Views make up for he below average taste of the wine.

Thank Debbie D
Solvang, California
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

Beautiful spot for a picnic lunch.....great wines great location with outstanding views. Bring your own food

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

This was a great girls wine tasting trip, although it was raining very heavy our driver did a good job taking us out, this was by far my favorite place, I prefer red wines but had to buy the Chardonnay and Rose, delicious and will be wonderful for hot summer days in Arizona. I also loved the Zinfandel. This place... More 

Thank Dorania M
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

I loved the atmosphere at this winery, and most importantly..the wine! The syrah was my favorite, but they also have a killer Rose! Will definitely be back! Thanks for the awesome experience Rick!

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