Visit Napa Valley
Visit Napa Valley


Home of famous "Rutherford Dust" cabernet wineries


Round Pond Auberge Patio Square
Peju Rutherford Sign

Among Napa Valley’s famed Cabernets, those hailing specifically from the Rutherford area have an especially passionate following. The unique soil in the Rutherford area, once a riverbed, produces wines in which fruit and herb flavors are tinged with a mysterious, almost spicy element known as "Rutherford dust." Wondering which foods pair best? Learn all about it during a lunch tasting on the terrace at Round Pond Estate.

Or wind up Rutherford Hill Road to Auberge Du Soleil for wine country cuisine at the resort's Michelin-starred restaurant accompanied by breathtaking views of the Valley below. Purchased by film director Francis Ford Coppola in 1975, Rutherford's historic Inglenook wine estate now houses both the acclaimed Niebaum-Coppola winery and a museum dedicated to the history of Inglenook and the birth of cinema.