The Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA) is nestled in the heart of the Napa Valley and is known for producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, among other grape varieties.
Begin your day at Honig Vineyard & Winery. This small, family-owned winery focuses on just two varieties: Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy a tasting on their beautiful, shaded patio, or take the Eco-tour into the vineyard to learn about their sustainable farming practices. Honig has Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations for guests and staff, and they are expanding their solar array to double the energy generation. As owner Michael Honig says, "When it comes to sustainability you can't invest in one project and say you're done - it's about continual improvement. That's what Napa Green is all about...We're creating healthier soils, healthier employees, healthier wines." Honig is certified both Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery.
Next go west toward the Mayacamas Mountains to find Tres Sabores (three flavors) nestled into the Rutherford Bench. As you arrive at this certified Napa Green Land and all organic estate you’ll likely be greeted by the three resident Golden Retrievers. Tres Sabores has some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in the Napa Valley. All are dry farmed, as are their Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah grapes. Tres Sabores owner and winemaker, Julie Johnson, is a passionate steward of the land and will likely be there, ready to share some of the sustainable features of this diverse property. Pomegranate trees line the vineyard, attracting hummingbirds and bees. Hummingbirds eat vineyard insects and the bees make honey in the farm’s hives. You’ll likely see bluebirds and Red-tailed hawks in action. Sheep mow the vineyard cover crops. A large grove of heritage olive trees surrounds the wine cellar and cave. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the grove after your tour and tasting.
In the afternoon, travel north of the town of St. Helena for a seated, guided tasting at Ehlers Estate. Enjoy the ambiance of this historic “ghost winery” while trying the lineup of estate wine made with organic grapes, including their opulent 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon. After the tasting soak in the vineyard and mountain views while playing a round of bocce ball. If you want to switch things up and start your day at Ehlers, they offer a 9:30 am tasting for early birds, with a property and cellar tour and fresh baked croissants. Ehlers is certified Napa Green Land.
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