from left to right: Reza, Vicky, Norma, Antoinette (front), Aida, Irma, Jenny, Sam, Adele (front), Seth, Isabelle, Josephine (front), Martin, Arthur (front), Cindy, Shay, Debra, Sylvia, Gretchen, Adrienne, Steve, Ramiro, Lio
If you’ve visited us, you’ve probably met some of our team here at Rideau, but we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to everyone!
Martin and Isabelle, Owners
Martin and Isabelle Gauthier moved from Montreal to Santa Barbara and realized their long-time dream of working on a vineyard and winery. They are often accompanied by their two young children: Adele, who is already good at detecting wine aromatics (don’t worry, just the aromatics!), and Arthur, who is excellent at driving the forklift (on Adrienne’s lap). In addition, their two dogs have each found their niche on the property: Antoinette is always busy chasing animals in the vineyard while Josephine enjoys resting under the shade of our oak trees.
Winemaking and Vineyard Team
Our winemaking team is as talented as they are passionate about their work. Winemaker Adrienne St. John, who was raised on a vineyard in Northern California, has a zeal for fitness and outdoors activities, but her true home is the icy realm of the winery where she crafts our acclaimed wines in full winter garb during the middle of summer. She is aided by Gretchen, our assistant winemaker, who brings loads of experience, having traveled and worked at vineyards all over the world. The winemaking team is completed by Lio, Cellar Master, who’s adept at everything and loves the Raiders almost as much as he loves Rideau (or is it vice-versa?). Ruben is our Vineyard Manager, and has been working in viticulture for almost three decades. The insight he brings to growing our vines is immense.
Mostly working away behind the scenes, they are nevertheless the gears that keep everything moving. Jenny is our HR Manager and Accountant and is vital to making sure we all get paid on time and stay happy. Sylvia is our long-time Cellar Club manager, and Paula is the Assistant Club Manager. If you haven’t heard from them, it means you’re picking up your shipments on time! Cindy does amazing work heading up shipping and receiving, which is a huge job for any fully direct-to-consumer winery. Ramiro is our Groundskeeper and resident jack-of-all trades; he can do everything from cooking up incredible tacos to perfectly manicuring our iconic rose gardens and sprawling green lawns. We’d be lost without him!
Sales and Floor Team
The sales team is managed by Steve, who’s been with the company for 9 years. He can often be seen weirdly laying down in the vineyard with a camera trying to get the perfect shot for an e-mail blast. Seth is the tasting room manager; his experience working in the winery for years prior to moving into the tasting room serves as a great asset. Irma heads up our Events and Groups, so you’ll be working with her when you choose to get married at Rideau (hint hint). If you get a pizza or beautifully prepared charcuterie platter, it’s made by Sam, who heads up our kitchen, or Vicky, who also works tirelessly to keep the tasting room spotless.
You’re probably most familiar with our excellent sales staff: Aida, Debra, Niki, and Reza are all truly dedicated to the company and are the faces and voices who welcome you when you visit. Norma and Shay have been giving in-depth and informative tours to visitors for years.
We can’t thank enough our entire staff for all the hard work they put in. Our company is truly a team effort, and we’re all here to make sure you get the best quality wine and have the best experience possible at our property. We’ll see you the next time you’re in!