The Vibe: 

A medium sized, family owned and operated winery that sits on the site of a former eucalyptus grove, Rutherford Grove Winery and Vineyards offers visitors flights of its estate grown cabernet and merlot, as well as sangiovese and sauvignon blanc. The Pestoni family, who still own and run the business, are descended from some of Napa’s pioneer winemakers, and over the past several decades have pioneered their own innovative methods for disposing of grape waste (skins, seeds and stems, also known as pomace) and reusing the remnants of grape seeds (see the Napa Valley Grapeseed Oil Company, with which third generation Pestonis are currently involved). Visitors will enjoy grabbing a glass at the tasting counter and browsing the grounds, or sitting under a shady umbrella in the ample picnic area.

Known For: 
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah
Not good for: 
  • Tours
  • Weddings
  • Shoppers
Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Napa history buffs
  • Picnics (for customers only)
  • Private events (dinners, tastings)