A Rich History, Coveted Cabernets, and Prime Real Estate
With a population of about 160 residents, the tiny hamlet of Rutherford is well-known among wine and food aficionados.
Resting just south of St. Helena and north of Oakville on Napa Valley’s two-lane Highway 29, Rutherford is surrounded by world-renowned vineyards, wineries, olive oil producers, and a great line of Rutherford real estate. It is best-known for its Rutherford Dust AVA, the spectacular Auberge du Soleil Resort, Inglenook Winery and the famed Rutherford Grill.
Auberge du Soleil
Nestled into the sunlit hillside and overlooking the valley, Auberge du Soleil, also known as the “Inn of the Sun”, provides the best of wine country living. This fantastic resort is part of the Auberge Resorts Collection which currently manages three world-famous resorts including Calistoga Ranch and Solage. In 2019 they will open their fourth resort – Vie Vage Napa Valley which will be located in Carneros.
Reserved exclusively for guests of the hotel, here you can enjoy one of the most sought after spa experiences in the valley. They offer revitalizing massages with muscle-soothing essential oils, remarkable facials, and a one-of-a-kind purification ritual which involves temperate water baths, steam, cold plunges, spectacular views, and more…
A Decadent Dining Experience
Although widely known as a resort, Auberge du Soleil is synonymous with “fine dining”. From a prestige vantage point overlooking the valley, you can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from Executive Chef, Robert Curry – recipient of 10 consecutive Michelin Stars. I recommend that you dine on the balcony to truly take in the valley’s unbelievable views.
Serving the valley since 1994, this beloved restaurant is a favorite for locals and tourists and considered somewhat of an institution. The reason is simple, it is where you go to enjoy classic burgers, hearty salads, and American comfort food with a twist: pair decadent wines from the valley to complete your delicious meal. But that is not all, you can dine on the patio or at the outdoor bar or lounge around the gas fire pits.
A Rich History of Wine
Rutherford is home to the longest running winery in the valley, Beaulieu Vineyard. With over 100 years of history, the founder of this historic winery – Georges de Latour, hastily sold his flourishing tartar business to buy a four-acre ranch here. It is believed that his wife, Fernande, upon arriving in Rutherford — exclaimed, “beau lieu!” Which means beautiful place.
That was enough to set Georges into action. 100 years later, Beaulieu vineyards now serve some of the best-known wines in the world. But there is much more to the history of wine making in Rutherford…
In 1939, John Daniel Jr., the grand nephew and heir of Gustave Niebaum’s winery, became the owner of Inglenook Winery and ran it for 25 years. Along with Georges de Latour, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyard gathered gold medals and attracted international attention to Rutherford’s wineries. John Daniel served as a winemaker and created a 1941 Cabernet Sauvignon which is still considered one of the best wines ever produced in California.
With this combined success and new opportunities, Georges de Latour brought on a young enologist André Tchelistcheff, who would revolutionize and lead the wine industry and become admired around the world.
There are many great wineries in Rutherford
With a strong history and highly coveted AVA — Rutherford is home to a many highly regarded wineries including: Scarecrow, Sloan, Quintessa, Alpha Omega, Inglenook, Caymus, Staglin, and Hall.
Is Buying Rutherford Real Estate Right For You?
Rutherford is the pinnacle of small-town living. But that does not mean you won’t experience luxury and the good life. In reality, it is where people go to truly experience wine-country living and enjoy the expansive open space and beautiful scenery. Is it time to consider buying Rutherford real estate?