Of the 16 sub-appellations in the Napa Valley, the Rutherford AVA may be the most renowned. Legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff said, "It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet," and Rutherford Ranch Winery has a number to choose from.
Our full line of award-winning premium Napa Valley varietals include a selection of Cabernet Sauvignons (several only available at the winery), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Rhiannon, a delicious proprietary red blend.
Our winemaking team crafts elegant, true-to-the-varietal wines with fruit sourced from the two estate vineyards and select vineyards sites throughout the valley. The cooler sites yield grapes with bright, rich flavors and tropical fruit characteristics. Warmer sites within the valley produce grapes with deep, intense flavors. Together they provide the winemakers with an unequaled palette of flavor and character and quality.
Our ecological efforts include allowing areas of land to remain in a natural, pristine state to support indigenous plant and wildlife. In the vineyards we minimize the use of synthetic substances by substituting or augmenting them with age-old methods such as natural predation to help control insects and animals that are harmful to the vines. These practices help to limit environmental impact, increase soil and plant health and vigor, and result in higher quality fruit.
Natural resources and energy conservation are served by water reclamation and reuse. Solar power contributes to lower energy use, improved air quality and a smaller carbon footprint. (One of our family's refrigeration systems, assembled and installed in-house, consists of nearly 5000 solar panels that produce close to one million watts of electrical power.)
As active members of the Central Coast Vineyard Team, we are establishing and defining sustainable guidelines and educating the larger grower community to help keep the land productive, profitable and vital for many years. In many instances, we are sharing farming practices that our family has employed for three generations.
We continuously seek to explore opportunities beyond the vineyard. We partner with producers of our packaging materials to increase the use of recycled, recyclable and biodegradable materials in the manufacture of glass, closures and labels.
Rutherford Wine Company Winery Operations are CERTIFIED CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING - a partnership between the Wine Institute & CA Association of Winegrape Growers.