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Oakville & Rutherford

World-class Cabernet and stunning countryside views

Welcome to Oakville & Rutherford

World-class Cabernet and stunning countryside views

Cabernet lovers: welcome to paradise! The small towns of Oakville and Rutherford are known for high-end wineries and some of the most coveted Cabernet grapes in Napa Valley. This exclusive American Viticultural Area is home to the country’s most prestigious and highly recognized vineyards.

To paraphrase Shakespeare, though these towns are little, they are fierce. The atmosphere in Oakville and Rutherford is that of quaint village life, but step into any of the restaurants or wineries, and you’re instantly transported to the high sophistication and culinary enchantment of a cosmopolitan metropolis. 

California’s most stunning scenery offers a picturesque background for famed architect Howard Backen’s incredible home and estate designs. Settle into the Oakville and Rutherford area and enjoy the best of tranquil elegance and gourmand tastes.
 
 

What to Love

  • Peaceful lifestyle
  • World-class cabernet varietals
  • High-end wineries
  • Culinary excellence 
 

People & Lifestyle

Get happy and throw your cares away in these two gorgeous village neighborhoods. Perfect for an active, healthy lifestyle, with a touch of the world’s finest experiences and cuisine, Oakville and Rutherford are home to many former executives and dynamic retirees. Residents tend to be highly educated and culturally sophisticated, and they love the laid-back elegance of this beautiful area. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

These two tiny towns pack a punch when it comes to culinary arts. The vibrant Rutherford Grill offers a menu of American comfort food, as well as an impressive wine list, and prides itself on using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Dishes are designed specifically to pair with the area’s spectacular wines. Head out to the patio and order the local favorite, House-Smoked Salmon.
 
For the best craft wine and cuisine experience in Napa, head to B Cellars Winery. This beautiful estate contains a state-of-the-art production facility, vineyards and caves, tours and tastings, and private events. Visit the Hospitality House and enjoy the interactive, open-hearth kitchen and seasonal offerings. The dynamic, family-owned Miner Family Wines is known for its impressive wine portfolio and intimate wine cave. 
 
Oakville’s shining star is, of course, industry icon Robert Mondavi. Established in 1966, the legendary winery is top-rated in both North America and the world. The estate offers wine tastings and cabana seating overlooking the prized To Kalon Vineyard.  
 
 

Things to Do

With a focus on sustainability and land stewardship, the wineries, estates, and farms in Oakville and Rutherford don’t just provide an incredible wine-sipping backdrop. The carefully cultivated land provides fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the nearby shops and restaurants love to support local farms and small-scale culinary artisans. Oakville Grocery sources all of its gourmet food selections, like woodfired pizza and artisan sandwiches, from the area’s nearby farms. This historic Oakville institution offers patio seating, coffee, warm breakfasts, and plenty of rustic charm.
 
Considered Napa’s first winery and recognized as a benchmark Napa producer, Far Niente Winery was founded in Oakville in 1885 by gold rush pioneer John Benson. Take some time to marvel at the picturesque views and wine caves so gorgeous you might want to move in. 
 
Family-owned Groth Vineyards & Winery has focused on sustainable farming since it opened in 1982. This Oakville winery offers tastings out on the terrace and, of course, offers the region’s specialty, Cabernet Sauvignon. For a magical experience, visit Nickel & Nickel Winery. With its pristine vineyards, stunning valley views, and horses dotting the hillside retreat, this rustic yet sophisticated estate is like something out of a storybook. 
 
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