The Rutherford AVA was designated in 1993. Lauded vigneron Andre Tchelistcheff, who famously noted, "It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet", was a leader in the Napa Valley wine industry for decades and was based in the famed Rutherford region. He is known for introducing many winemaking innovations, including controlled malolactic fermentation and cold fermentation.
North of Oakville and South of St. Helena
Sunny and warm with some maritime influence
Sedimentary, alluvial, gravel, sand, volcanic
Cabernet Sauvignon (nearly 67% of all vines), Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley pioneer George Yount gifted land to his granddaughter Elizabeth upon her marriage to Thomas Rutherford, giving this region its name.