Rutherford, CA Real Estate And Community Information

Welcome to Rutherford, California

Rutherford History

Rutherford Historic LivingIn the late 1700s, Spanish explorers founded a group of Mishewal-Wappo Indians living in an area in the soon-to-be-known, Napa Valley of Northern California. The Mexican government quickly established land grants to encourage settlement in the underdeveloped territories, which resulted in Rancho Caymus, a 12,000 acre land grant that included what is known today as Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford California.

In 1830, Mexican governor Nicolas Gutierrez, gave Rancho Caymus to a European trapper named George Calvert Yount. He was the first person to settle in California’s Napa Valley, and Yount soon became friends with Mexican general Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who persuaded Gutierrez to deed Rancho Caymus to his friend.

Yount’s granddaughter, Elizabeth, married an affluent wine producer named Thomas Rutherford. On Elizabeth’s wedding day, Yount gave his granddaughter and her new husband 1,100 acres of Rancho Caymus, which Rutherford used to establish a world-class winery that still stands today.

Thomas Rutherford took advantage of the region’s Bordeaux-like landscape, and he created Napa Valley’s first vineyard. Other farmers soon followed suit, and in 1872, local wine producers founded the City of Rutherford, which is known today for its traditional red Bordeaux-type wines. 

Rutherford Parks and Recreation


Rutherford is located between Napa and St.Rutherford Relaxation Helena. In the hills to the east lies Lake Hennessey Regional Park.
Built in 1948, the park offers campsites, boat ramps, hiking trails and freshwater fishing. It is a popular weekend getaway site for Napa Valley residents, who bring their families to get away for some time with nature.

Rutherford Attractions and Activities


Rutherford, California homes are well-known for being close to world class and local wineries. The city is a popular stop on most Napa Valley wine tours, including a station where the Napa Valley Wine Train runs through daily. Thomas Rutherford’s Rutherford Hill Winery is where most people begin their wine tasting tours before heading out to the smaller vineyards to buy a bottle of wine to take home with them. A Rutherford home buyer can also find some great cuisine in the city. From causal dining to fine dining, Rutherford real estate attracts bay area tourists who want to experience a wide variety of authentic European and Californian cuisine.

Rutherford Events


Local wineries offer Rutherford residents a plethora of world-class wine tasting events and activities, year-round, and many free-of-charge. Most wineries also offer pairings, featuring organic foods grown on local farms. Rutherford residents can often be seen picnicking at the local wineries. In late summer, Rutherford holds its annual art and wine festival, a popular event that attracts residents. The city also organizes one of Napa Valley’s best fireworks displays during Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve.

Carolyn Roberts can help you buy or sell your home. Phone her at 707-258-5248 or email: croberts99@aol.com. Please be sure to check out the surrounding areas Calistoga, Saint HelenaYountville, NapaAmerican Canyon, and Sonoma Valley.


Carolyn Roberts
Carolyn Roberts
Broker/Owner