Once you get to Rutherford
Stay at Rancho Caymus Inn on the valley floor, or at the five-star resort Auberge du Soleil. Auberge du Soleil is one of the most exquisite properties in the valley, with a Michelin-starred restaurant and breathtaking views of the valley below. Try a wine tasting and a picnic at Rutherford Hill Winery. Then check out the historic Inglenook wine estate, purchased by film director Francis Ford Coppola in 1975, which houses a museum dedicated to the history of Inglenook and the birth of cinema. Finish your wine tasting experience at Elizabeth Spencer Winery, in their historic brick cottage or beautiful courtyard.
A little Rutherford history
Rutherford was founded on the nearly 12,000-acre Mexican land grant, Rancho Caymus, which was deeded to early settler George C. Yount from General Mariano Vallejo in 1838. Yount gave a small portion of the grant as a wedding present to his granddaughter, Elizabeth, when she married Thomas Rutherford in 1864, and the family name stuck.