Rusack Vineyards
Rusack Vineyards
4.5
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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dkbexpat
Expat2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Business
Horrible wine, unfriendly staff, pompous. Beautiful scenery. Find a different winery nearby. Other wineries nearby far exceed this place.
Written 14 May 2023
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jimnick
Montecito, CA200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is one of the only wineries I've been to that requires reservations. Given I've owned a winery that's saying a lot. Nonetheless once you get past that system and the technology is not that great, you're in for a treat that is the way the valley used to be before the movie sideways. The qualities of Rusack wine has always been excellent whether it's under the current winemaker or under John and Helen in the past. What made this tasting so impressive was they absolutely gear the tastings towards people and what they want. As an example if you're a wine club member they will have your wines ready for you based on your membership, or they may have a preference that you keep in their system and have that ready. They're just so many little touches that are unique. As an example when you come in you're greeted similar to a restaurant by someone at the front. They're checking not only your reservation and if you don't have one you're going to get turned away, but also pouring you a glass of Sauvignon Blanc just as you walk towards your table or seats. Once you're seated you will receive your pre-ordered cheeses or charcuterie plates and choose from three or four of the tastings. If you're a wine member they're even more benefits. The views are astonishing beautiful chairs overlooking the grapes sitting under three oak trees on a deck that's been built around those trees. The people who do the tastings are knowledgeable and can educate you and this is always a joy. I can't stress enough how unique this opportunity is. It is also limited because you're required to have reservations. But it's so worth making the trip and the plan.
Written 21 April 2023
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Isabelle L
La Habra, CA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Super cute way of killing couple hours in solvang. We made an appt at 3pm so they werent strict with the 90 min policy. The price were fair and te staff were friendly. Had a great time!
Written 20 November 2022
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californiafamily
San Jose, CA20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
It was closed although the website said open :( so disappointed. It was a pretty drive. No tastings. No admission. No fun.
Written 29 June 2021
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Devra R
Solvang, CA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Pleasant outdoor seating, very peaceful and away from the roads. Delicious wine. We opted to share a bottle rather than doing a full tasting, although we were given tastes to choose our bottle. Santa Rita Pinot was delightful. Surprised that there were no wines by the glass. Wish there had been more edibles to complement the wine, as they were sold out of cheese plates. This was not the only (or first) vineyard we visited, but it was the most relaxed and comfortable.
Written 7 January 2020
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Dan R
Morgan Hill, CA706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We enjoy the wines at Rusack and the nice patio for a picnic, with a great view over vineyards and hills. The drive to the winery is slow and curvy, but worth the drive. They do charge a high $18 tasting fee which they do not waive with a purchase, which holds my review rating down.
Written 31 December 2019
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PlatinumHoney
Los Angeles, CA1,993 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Lots of vineyards in the area; this one, just OK. Rather lackluster wines, not particularly warm and friendly. Just an OK experience. $18 for a 5-flight taste. Didn’t buy any bottles here. Nice tables outdoor seating.
Written 31 December 2019
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Mary A
Milwaukee, WI60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is a lovely vineyard off the beaten path. The patio is exceptionally pretty with views over the countryside. Great location to enjoy a tasting and have a picnic lunch.
Written 4 October 2019
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Donn G
Montrose, CO22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
There are some unique aspects to this out of the way winery. First, they have a vineyard on Catalina Island and grow a cloned Zinfandel from Santa Cruz Island. This wine provides an interesting contrast to the same vines planted at the estate in Ballard Canyon. The owners have an interesting background also. Geoff is the son of a former Episcopal bishop of Lis Angeles and Alison is an heir to the Wrigley family who once owned Catalina Island. Fun story, nice facility, tasty wines. The wines are a bit pricey due to the unique story but worth the price for seasoned wine drinkers. Can get a bit busy when your vans show up for tastings.
Written 24 August 2019
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TraveltheWorld02140
Cambridge, MA63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We visited the vineyard along a trip to Solvang. It must have been unusually busy based on many comments, but we still found a table and chairs in the pretty garden, under nice big trees. The wines were nice, an enjoyable outing overall.
Written 8 July 2019
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