Rutherford is a small township in the Napa Valley region of California along Hwy 29. This area of the valley was originally owned by General Vallejo and through a serious of gift become the property of Thomas and Elizabeth Rutherford as a wedding present 1964. The Rutherfords developed a winery, which grew to be one of the best wineries of the area. Now the town is home to high quality wineries and restaurants, a beautiful location to enjoy the wine country.
San Francisco International Airport, 650-821-8211, .
Napa County Airport, 2030 Airport Road, Phone: +1 707 253-4300, . No scheduled service. Useful for private planes.
From San Francisco:
Highway 101 North over the Golden Gate Bridge, to Highway 37;
Highway 37 East towards Vallejo/Napa, to Highway 121;
Highway 121 North towards Napa to Highway 29 North to Rutherford.
St. Helena Olive Oil Company, 8576 Highway 29 (in Rutherford), Toll free: 800-939-9880, . Daily 10AM-5PM. Gourmet oils, but lots and lots of other things.
Rutherford Grill, 1180 Rutherford Road, Phone: +1 707 963-1792. Su-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F, Sa 11:30AM-10PM. Known for its BBQ ribs and cornbread. $10-$26.
Auberge du Soleil, 180 Rutherford Hill Road, Phone: +1 707 967-3111, . Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. $$$$
La Toque, 1140 Rutherford Cross Road, Phone: +1 707 963-9770, . W-Su dinner seatings 5:30-6:30; 8:30-9:30. Make reservations well in advance. For weekends at least 6 weeks ahead. $98 prix fixe.
Beaulieu Vineyard, 1960 South St. Helena Hwy., Phone: +1 707 967-5200, . Daily 10AM-5PM.
Grgich Hills Cellar, 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Toll free: +1 800-532-3057, Phone: +1 707 963-2784, . Daily 9:30AM-4:30PM.
Auberge Du Soleil Resort, 180 Rutherford Hill Road, Phone +1 707 963-1211, Fax: +1 707 963-8764, . Excellent and pricey. Offers "private maisons".
Rancho Caymus, 1140 Rutherford Road Rutherford, CA 94573