Rutherford lies 2 miles north of Oakville and is home the old Inglenook winery (now the Rubicon Estate/Niebaum-Coppola Estate) and Beaulieu Vineyard, both with supreme tourist interest. Beaulieu Vineyard, founded by Georges de Latour in 1900, has an excellent public tour of its facility, highlighting the winery’s open-tank fermentation method; it also has an audio-visual program, as part of the orientation.
Wine Tasting in Rutherford
Touring Rutherford's Wineries
Other wineries in the area, situated on the St. Helena Highway, include Grgich Hills Cellars, housed in a Spanish-style building, and owned in part by coffee-maker Austin Hills; Rutherford Vintners, a modest-sized winery situated on a 30-acre vineyard estate; and Whitehall Lane, established in 1980, offering primarily estate-grown varietal wines. Also with visitor interest, across the highway from Rutherford Vintners and Whitehall Lane, is Franciscan Vineyards, with its visitor center housed in a large redwood structure. Franciscan offers visitors a brief course in the sensory evaluation of wines, and it has on display at its visitor center an antique corkscrew collection and an 18th-century German grape press.
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