Rutherford Travel Guide
After helping his father and brother develop Swanson Family frozen dinners in the 1950’s, W. Clarke Swanson created this winery in 1985, purchasing 100 acres of land in Oakville. Together with winemaker Chris Phelps, Swanson continues to produce some of California’s most respected Merlots.
Newly opened in 2007, this winery sits amid 357 acres of sustainably grown grapevines, olive groves, and biodynamic gardens.
One of the last parcels of land in the Rutherford area to be utilized for grape growing, this 280-acre property was purchased by famous Chilean winemakers Agustin and Valeria Huneeus in 1989. The name comes from the five hills and five separate microclimates on the property.
Some of the friendliest pourers in Napa staff the tasting room of this winery, where the surrounding canopy of sycamore trees makes you feel miles away from Highway 29 (in fact, it’s just a quarter-mile away).
Along the Mayacamas Mountains, Long Meadow Ranch occupies 650-acres of vegetation, upon which are a grocery store with the property’s harvest, vineyards, cattle ranch with grass-fed cows, olive oil press, winery, and restaurant.
Located next to the Rutherford Grill, Beaulieu Vineyards—or BV as it is known to most—is Napa’s longest-operating winery, dating back to 1900.
Round Pond actually refers to two places: a winery and an olive oil company on separate sides of the street. Founder Bob MacDonnell, who started producing olive oil and vinegars in the 1980’s, also grew Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and sold them to local wineries.
Provenance Vineyards released its first vintage in 1999, the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, and used that success to purchase the former Chateau Beaucanon winery just north of Rutherford some three years later.