Rutherford AVA is located in Napa County in the middle of the Napa Valley AVA, and within the wider North Coast AVA of California.

Terroir: The so-called Rutherford Bench lies on Napa Valley’s west side. Its deep gravelly soils are said to suit Cabernet Sauvignon whose wines are said to show a ‘Rutherford Dust’ character. Rutherford’s eastern side gets the most sun, however.

Wineries

Certified BiodynamicRaymond Vineyards.

Certified organic: Frog’s Leap. | Quintessa.

No certification: Beaulieu. | Caymus. | Freemark Abbey. | Inglenook. | St Supéry. | Staglin.