About Rutherford, California
Rutherford is a small town census-designated place (CDP) within Napa County, California. Rutherford lies between St. Helena and Oakville, in the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA), along Highway 29.
What is the history of Rutherford, California?
Rutherford, California is situated inside the 11,887-acre (4,810 ha) formerly Mexican-governed land granted to Rancho Caymus. This land was given to George C. Yount from General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo in 1838 for payment of services. Yount gifted 1, 040 acres (421 ha) of this land to his granddaughter Elizabeth during her wedding to Thomas Rutherford in 1864. The Rutherford couple developed vineyards and established a winery that enabled the region to be well-known for its wines and cuisines.
What is the geography of Rutherford, CA?
Rutherford, CA has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) where 99.76% is land and 0.24% is water as per the United States Census Bureau.
The Rutherford AVA can be found in the town of Rutherford within the Napa Valley AVA. This area is known for its distinct terroir, characterized by well-drained soil made up of gravel, loam, sand with volcanic deposits and marine sediments from the Franciscan Assemblage.
The zip code of Rutherford, CA is 94573.
What is the population of Rutherford?
As of the 2010 United States Census, Rutherford had a population of 164 comprised of:
- White (75.0%)- 123
- Hispanic or Latino (42.7%)- 70
- Other Races (18.3%)- 30
- Two or more races (6.7%)- 11
How to get in and around Rutherford?
Rutherford can be reached via plane through the San Francisco International Airport and Napa County Airport. By car, Rutherford can be traveled to from San Francisco via the Highway 101 North, Highway 37 East, Highway 121 North and Highway 29 North.
Rutherford is best explored via car. The VINE transit also operates via specific routes within Napa County.
What to do in Rutherford?
Rutherford is known for its wines, its “Rutherford dust” soil, and its rustic, comfortable and authentic vibe.
Wine tasting in Rutherford can be experienced in Frog’s Leap Winery, Swanson Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard, Robert Mondavi Winery, St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery, Elizabeth Spencer and Inglenook, Rutherford Hill Winery and Grgich Hill Cellars.
Cuisines in Rutherford can be experienced in Rutherford Grill, Auberge du Soleil, and La Toque.
Places to stay in Rutherford are Auberge Du Soleil Resort and Rancho Caymus Inn.
Other activities to enjoy in Rutherford include ballooning via the Bonaventura Balloon Company and shopping in St. Helena Olive Oil Company.