Rutherford vineyards
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Napa Valley, California

Rutherford is an unincorporated town best known for its two major wineries on Highway 29—Beaulieu Vineyard and Rubicon Estate (formerly Niebaum-Coppola, which was formerly Inglenook).

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Restaurants & Food

Rutherford Gardens

1796 South St. Helena Highway

St. Helena 94574

877.627.2645

www.longmeadowranch.com

Open Thursday through Sunday when produce is available.

Directions: Located on the east side of Highway 29 across the street from Grgich-Hills Cellar, just north of Rutherford.

The property has been producing vegetables at least since the 1930s. This 5.8-acre property was recently acquired by Long Meadow Ranch, renowned for its organic produce and other foods, including olive oil, wines and Scottish Highland cattle. The roadside stand currently offers a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes, sunflowers, basil, melons, figs and sweet corn. In the fall, visitors can pick a potential jack-o'-lantern from over 2.5 acres of pumpkins.

Rutherford Grill

1180 Rutherford Road

Rutherford CA 94573

707.963.1792

American Grill - Entrees $9-$26

A fun, but often very noisy place. Excellent and varied menu suitable for both kids and adults. And with all the noise, nobody's going to care about a little kid noise. Right next to Beaulieu Vineyard, so you can sip great wine before lunch or after. Outdoor dining. Oddly for a grill, no french fries, but great key lime pie. No corkage fee.

St. Helena Olive Oil Company

PO Box 389 8576

St. Helena Highway

Rutherford CA 94573

800.939.9880

www.sholiveoil.com

Located at the corner of Highway 29 and Rutherford Cross Road, the store sells extra virgin olive oil, vinegars and a variety of other foods and kitchen/culinary paraphernalia. They also offer a wine-tasting bar where visitors can sample wines made by little-known Napa Valley wineries with small production volumes. Also a store in downtown St. Helena.

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Lodging

Rancho Caymus Inn

1140 Rutherford Cross Road

Rutherford, CA 94573

707.963.1777 800.845.1777

26 rooms - $205-$375

Spanish California-style inn whose owners also own Flora Springs Winery. Rooms feature spacious hand-carved walnut beds, wrought iron lamps and distinctive handmade furnishings. Ceiling beams are 100-year-old oak, while the timbers that make up the room's surroundings are black walnut, fir, and redwood. Each suite offers soft wool rugs, hand dyed and woven by the Salazaca and Otavalon Indians of Ecuador. Sink basins are unique hand-thrown stoneware. The excellent La Toque restaurant is located here.

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Shopping

Napa Valley Grapevine Wreath Company

PO Box 67

8901 Conn Creek Road

Rutherford CA 94573

707.963.8893 Fax: 707.963.3325

www.grapevinewreath.com

Open 10:30 to 5:30 daily except Tuesday.

Every year after harvest, the Wood Family collects pruned cuttings from Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines and weaves them into wreaths, baskets and other useful and decorative shapes. They're a favorite with visitors and can be found at their store on the Rutherford Cross Road just off the Silverado Trail.

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Wineries

Alpha Omega Winery

1155 Mee Lane

St. Helena CA 94574

707.963.9999

www.aowinery.com

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose

Beaulieu Vineyard

1960 St. Helena Highway (Highway 29)

Rutherford CA 94573

707.967.5200 800.373.5896

www.bvwines.com

Redwood vats at Beaulieu Vineyards

Old and majestic redwood vats at Beaulieu Vineyards. (Photo courtesy of the winery.)

For many locals and wine aficionados, Napa Valley wineries can be divided into two categories: Beaulieu Vineyard, and all the others. BV was winning awards worldwide when most other current Napa Valley vineyards were still planted with prunes. The winery was founded in 1900 by Georges de Latour and survived Prohibition by producing sacramental wines. BV's wines have been served by every president of the United States since Franklin Roosevelt.

A beautiful visitor's center offers outstanding complimentary wines and tours by friendly, very knowledgeable guides. The redwood vats and aging areas smell like a winery is supposed to smell—musky, winey, and absolutely enticing. A must for your first visit to the valley. And a great "let's just stop in for a glass or two" for repeat visits. BV offers at least 14 different varietals.

Frog's Leap Winery

8815 Conn Creek Road

Rutherford CA 94573

707.963.4704 800.959.4704

www.frogsleap.com

Tours and tastings by appointment only , Monday through Saturday. The Red Barn was originally built in 1884 as Adamson Winery and renovated in 1994 by Frog's Leap. The winery's name comes from its earlier location at what used to be a commercial frog farm, and founder John Williams' connection with Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. The winery's motto is "Time's Fun When You're Having Flies." Organically and biodynamically grown grapes. Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Syrah, Leapfrögmilch (Riesling/Chardonnay).

Grgich Hills Cellar

1829 St. Helena Highway (Hwy 29)

Rutherford CA 94573

707.963.2784

www.grgich.com

Tours by appointment

Miljenko "Mike" Grgich made the Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the legendary Paris tasting in 1976. His wines have gotten even better since then. Mike's also involved in establishing a winery in his native Croatia. Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Home Winemakers Classic

Held at St. Supéry Winery

8440 St. Helena Highway

Rutherford CA 94573

www.homewine.com

The Home Winemakers Classic is an annual tasting and judging of award-winning home wines by Napa Valley enologists and viticulturists, with music, silent auction of vintage wines, raffle and food. Held every July, it is an extremely popular event for residents and the local wine community.

Niebaum-Coppola Winery

See listing for Rubicon Estate

Peju Province

8466 St. Helena Highway

Rutherford CA 94573

707.963.3600 800.446.7358

www.peju.com

Open daily for tours and tastings. Excellent wines, friendly and knowledgeable staff, very attractive building and grounds. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Late Harvest Chardonnay. Pinot Noir and more.

Provenance Vineyards

PO Box 668

Rutherford CA 94573

707.968.3633

www.provenancevineyards.com

Open daily for tastings. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Winemaker and general manager Tom Rinaldi was winemaker at Duckhorn Vineyards for 22 years.

Round Pond

PO Box 556

Rutherford CA 94573

877.963.9364

www.roundpond.com

Tours and tasting by appointment. Estate-grown olives from eight different varietals are hand-harvested and pressed in a traditional stone mill to produce a variety of premium olive oils.

Also a winery producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo and soon Sauvignon Blanc.

Rubicon Estate

1991 St. Helena Highway

Rutherford CA 94573

707.968.1100 800.782.4266

www.rubiconestate.com

$25 admission charge includes tasting, access to the chateau, wine library and Centennial museum, and valet parking. A variety of tours are available at extra charge.

Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola—film director, producer and winery owner. (Photo courtesy of Rubicon Estate).

In 1995, owner Francis Ford Coppola (director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now) and his wife Eleanor expanded their wine estate with purchase of the former Inglenook Winery, which dates back to its founding by Captain Gustave Niebaum in 1879.

Gustave Niebaum

Captain Gustave Niebaum—founder of Inglenook Winery, now Rubicon Estate. (Photo courtesy of Wine Institute.)

Until 2006, the Coppolas called their winery "Niebaum-Coppola Winery". They then moved the Coppola line of wines to another winery in Geyserville in Sonoma County, and renamed their Rutherford winery "Rubicon Estate".

The chateau and grounds include a museum of wine and film. A visit gives you both excellent wine and the opportunity to see Oscars won by Coppola, a Tucker automobile from his movie Tucker, and photos and other memorabilia. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc.

Buy A Sense of Place: An Intimate Portrait of the Niebaum-Coppola Winery and the Napa Valley

Rutherford Dust Society

www.rutherforddust.org

Thirty wineries and 50 growers belong to the Rutherford appellation association.

Sawyer Cellars

8350 St. Helena Highway

Rutherford CA 94573

707.963.1980

www.sawyercellars.com

Open daily for tours and tasting. Tram tours of the vineyard May through November. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Meritage.

Sequoia Grove Vineyards

8338 South St. Helena Highway

Rutherford CA 94573

707.944.2945 800.851.7841

www.sequoiagrove.com

Open daily for tours and tasting. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, including the Allen Family Wines available only at the winery.

St. Supéry Vineyard & Winery

8440 St. Helena Highway

Rutherford CA 94573

707.963.4507 800.942.0809

www.stsupery.com

Open daily for tours and tasting.

Located on east side of Highway 29 between Oakville and Rutherford

Post-tour tasting at St. Supéry Winery

Post-tour tasting at St. Supéry Vineyard and Winery.

Self-guided tours are available anytime, free of charge. The tasting fee includes a lifetime tasting pass per guest and a tasting of daily wine features. Additionally, reserve tasting of library and small production wines is available for an additional charge. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Moscato, Meritage, Semillon.

Tours include the display vineyard, where you can wander among the vines, taste the grapes (in season), see how different trellising systems work and take photographs. Meticulously designed exhibits explain the making of fine wines from soil to bottle. The guided tours end with a conducted tasting of St. Supéry Wines.

A highlight of the tour is SmellaVision, which includes two exhibits, one for Sauvignon Blanc (a white wine) and one for Cabernet Sauvignon (a red). Each stand displays four bottles of the specific varietal so you can see that even within a Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon there are often great variations in color, clarity and appearance. The "smell" part of the exhibits comes into play when you push any one of the four levers at each stand, put your nose over a long plexiglass "sniffer tube" and get a whiff of one of the many aromas that are often used in describing these wines. At the wine tasting that follows the tour, you're ready to search for these aromas in a real glass of wine.

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Wine Bars

If you'd like to sample wines from a variety of wineries, but your visiting time is limited, consider wine bars. Wine bars offer you the opportunity to taste wines from a number of wineries at a single location.

In the past year, the number of wine tasting bars in the Napa Valley has greatly increased. There is a fee for sampling the wines, but the wine bars are convenient and they also give you a chance to try hard-to-find, limited-production wines.

St. Helena Olive Oil Company

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