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Rutherford Hill Winery

  • 200 Rutherford Hill Rd. Map It
  • Rutherford
  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Updated 05/01/2014

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This place is a Merlot lover's paradise in a Cabernet Sauvignon world. When the winery's founders were deciding what grapes to plant, they discovered that the climate and soil conditions resembled those of Pomerol, a region of Bordeaux where Merlot is king. Now owned by the Terlato family, Rutherford Hill has extensive wine caves—nearly a mile of tunnels and passageways. You can glimpse them and the barrels inside on the tours, and you can make your own Merlot at entertaining

Saturday blending sessions ($95). The winery's hillside picnic area, amid oak and olive trees, is a magical spot. The $35 picnic-reservation fee includes a $20 voucher toward the purchase of wine and two glasses.

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200 Rutherford Hill Rd., east of Silverado Trail, Rutherford, California, 94573, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Tastings $20–$75; tour $30 (includes tasting)
  • Daily 10–5; tours daily at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30

Updated 05/01/2014


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Dec 30, 2003

Nice View of the Valley

Rutherford was at one time My #1 favorite in the valley. They lost a little over the last few yrs. However i still love there Merlot and Cab. They have the Best port i have ever tasted.

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