Roots That Run Deep
Rivahli; a marriage of the words river, valley, and hill. Our values at Rivahil Wines lay in harmony with our surroundings. The yucca plant on each of our labels, symbolizes making our hand-crafted, small batch wines of the highest quality. We believe life should be spent immersed in the elements, whether our family is ranching, on the ocean boating or surfing - none are complete without good company and good wine. Our ‘Joie De Vivre’ (joy of life) is creating wines that have a story behind them. We love nothing more than our wines being a piece of future memories and stories of your own.
Who We Are
Fred Williamson's winemaking experience dates back to 2009, when he began volunteering at Jaffurs Wine Cellars’ winery in Santa Barbara. He learned from Craig Jaffurs, through processing incoming grapes and handling the juice to the extra steps that can be taken to improve the quality of wine. After many years of helping at the winery, he was ready to try making wine at home. Although small in quantities, the quality of his homemade wines prompted Fred to pursue winemaking on a larger scale.
Much of how our wines are made is based on natural winemaking techniques, including the use of gravity-fed wine processing. Although nowadays there are some very good pumps that are quite gentle on grape juice, we prefer to move all of our wine by gravity throughout the fermenting, barreling, and bottling processes.
We opened Rivahil Winery Tasting Room at 2901 Grand Ave. #C in Los Olivos in 2018. Considering all the varietals and range in quantity, we will produce no more than 200 cases of any one specific wine, with a total production of about 1,000 cases in 2016. This keeps within the plan for Rivahil Winery to produce a very boutique, small production, quality wine.
We at Rivahil Winery are focused on making wines from the local terroir along California's Central Coast. Whether it’s cooler terrain like the Santa Rita Hills and Los Alamos, or warmer areas like Ballard, Foxen and Happy Canyon, each place has distinct microclimates that affect the fruit produced by the different varietals. We are devoted to making wines that highlight the locations of these vineyards, and all of our current wines are made from grapes grown within only a handful of miles from the winery in Buellton.
Not your average wine club, to be a part of our wine club is to be a part of the family and the journey from grape vine to glass.
At Rivahil, we have a passion for Rhône varietals. Focused primarily on the Red Southern Rhône varietals, including Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, and Mourédre; as well as Southern Rhône Whites, including Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier. We began producing Burgundian varietals during the 2016 harvest introducing Chardonnay to the lineup of offerings.
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