A Santa Barbara Wine Country Picnic
Los Angeles Times
January 10, 2014

“But our favorite of all the picnic spots at Santa Barbara area wineries has to be Rusack, the boutique winery back on the other side of Highway 101 in drop-dead gorgeous Ballard Canyon. Inside the tasting room, check out the old picture of the gas station: It's the same building you're standing in, moved up from Santa Barbara and rebuilt on the vineyard by the previous owners.” Read More


James Laube Names Rusack as a
Santa Barbara Favorite

Santa Barbara Independent
January 2014

“If there is one thing that the more seasoned winemaker knows, it’s that James Laube is not only a very influential wine critic, but also an unpredictable one. As his palate has matured over the years, so have his tastes.” Read More


Southern California Up Close:
Santa Barbara Wine Country

Los Angeles Times
December 17, 2013

“...or take winding Ballard Canyon Road to do some tasting on the oak-shaded patio deck at the Rusack Vineyards (1819 Ballard Canyon Road, Solvang). While you're at it, remind yourself that the modern wine trade took root here in the 1960s and early '70s, when pioneers such as Pierre Lafond's Santa Barbara Winery, Firestone Vineyards and Zaca Mesa Winery opened.” Read More

World of Pinot Noir
Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara CA
February 28 – March 1, 2014

The World of Pinot Noir brings Pinot Noir producers from the most exceptional and unique regions in the world together with Pinot Noir enthusiasts for a weekend of celebration and education on the shores of California's beautiful Central Coast. This annual event includes two days of in-depth Tasting seminars and excursions, Grand Tastings, a Burgundy seminar and tasting and gourmet, locally-influenced lunches and dinners. These extraordinary food and wine extravaganzas will be hosted by participating wineries and feature an outstanding panel of sommeliers from across the U.S. We’ll be there, pouring our range of Pinot Noir wines at the Friday Grand Tasting

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An Island Vineyard, the Hard Way
The New York Times
October 9, 2012

“It may be among the world’s most challenging vineyards, with salty soil and over-the-top costs for transporting the grapes to the winery. Then there are the predators: crickets and yellow jackets and deer and bison. And disease, like the powdery mildew that once forced each cluster of chardonnay grapes to be washed by hand.

But the worst is the wind: sea breezes that forced the vines to be covered in plastic sheets so potential grapes didn’t blow off.

This is the dream vineyard of Geoff Rusack, a Santa Monica, Calif., aviation lawyer turned Santa Ynez Valley vintner, who imported the zinfandel vines of a dreamer before him to grow grapes on Santa Catalina Island, 22 miles off Los Angeles’s coast.” Read More

Events at Rusack

As well as special events in our Tasting Room and Picnic Area at Rusack, we're often at wine events outside the estate - perhaps near you. We hope that you’ll join us at one of our upcoming events.

For additional information or reservations, contact the Tasting Room at 805.688.1278

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