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Rutherford is a census-designated place in Napa County, California. The population was 164 at the 2010 census.
Rutherford is located in the Rutherford AVA which is located in the larger Napa Valley AVA. The Robert Mondavi Winery is located between Rutherford and neighboring Oakville (though its corporate headquarters are in nearby St. Helena). Other notable wineries in the Rutherford area include Beaulieu Vineyard, Grgich Hills Estate, Elizabeth Spencer and Inglenook (winery). The Auberge du Soleil restaurant and resort is located in Rutherford.
Among Napa Valley’s famed Cabernets, those hailing specifically from the Rutherford area have an especially passionate following. The unique soil in the Rutherford area, once a riverbed, produces wines in which fruit and herb flavors are tinged with a mysterious, almost spicy element known as "Rutherford dust." Wondering which foods pair best? Learn all about it during a lunch tasting on the terrace at Round Pond Estate. Or wind up Rutherford Hill Road to Auberge Du Soleil for wine country cuisine at the resort's Michelin-starred restaurant accompanied by breathtaking views of the Valley below. Purchased by film director Francis Ford Coppola in 1975, Rutherford's historic Inglenook wine estate now houses both the acclaimed Niebaum-Coppola winery and a museum dedicated to the history of Inglenook and the birth of cinema.