History of Rutherford Hill
Nestled high on a hill, Rutherford Hill Winery commands a spectacular view overlooking the Rutherford bench of Napa Valley. It is from a handful of the most select Napa vineyards that Rutherford Hill continues its tradition of crafting legendary wines. In 1972, while the rest of the world was just beginning to take notice of Napa Valley, the founders of Rutherford Hill recognized a unique opportunity; they believed that the climate and soil of the valley, similar to Pomerol, were well suited to Merlot and were among the first to pioneer what has become Napa's premier varietal.
In 1996, the Terlato family purchased the winery and embraced their legendary commitment to quality over quantity. Their pursuit of excellence began with a comprehensive review of all aspects of the facility that resulted in significant enhancements to our portfolio of wines of great complexity and character.
Bill and John Terlato continue their father, Anthony Terlato’s legacy by working closely with Rutherford Hill winemaker, Marisa Taylor, to tackle the challenges of consistently improving the wine, vintage after vintage. The philosophy that the Terlato’s apply to all their ventures was evident at Rutherford Hill from the beginning.