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Sullivan Rutherford Estate

Tasting is by appointment only


11am to 4pm Daily


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Sullivan Rutherford Estate


  • Napa Valley
  • Rutherford
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Red Blend
  • Taiwan

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About Us

Situated in the heart of Napa Valley, Sullivan Rutherford Estate has been Rutherford’s Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon hideaway for over five decades. Founded in 1972 by James O’Neil Sullivan, during the apex of the boutique winery movement, vines were first planted on the 26-acre estate in 1978, per the encouragement of legendary winemaker, André Tchelistcheff.

Under new family ownership in 2018, the team has been deeply invested in its vineyard programs on the Estate and through two recently acquired properties in Napa Valley’s best vineyard sites. Plans are also underway to build a state-of-the-art winery that will further elevate and extend the 50 years of hard work, vision, and pioneering spirit of its Founder.

Today, the team strives to be at the forefront of quality in the vineyards and wines while staying authentic to the classical nature of the winemaking tradition and endeavors to create gracious customer experiences that allow people to connect through shared passions.

Our Makers' Story


Jeff Cole

— Nothing is handed to you in this industry.



Sullivan Rutherford Estate

1090 Galleron Road
St. Helena, CA 94574

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Winery Features

Tasting Experience

Tucked away off Galleron Road between Napa Valley’s two main thoroughfares, Sullivan Rutherford Estate has been Rutherford’s Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon hideaway for over 50 years. Founded By Jim and Joanna Sullivan in 1972, this small, family-run operation is known for its limited number of high quality wines and intimate guest atmosphere.



360 degree view of Rutherford, the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges

Unique Features

At the center of Sullivan Rutherford Estate is the family residence and hospitality center which are unique architectural jewels. James O'Neil Sullivan worked with celebrated architect, John Marsh Davis, who was known as one of the most acclaimed representatives of the Frank Lloyd Wright aesthetic. It is built with geometric precision (concentric circles were used to place the structures on the property) and Cardinal Representation (they are perfectly oriented North/South). Large doors and windows throughout provide an indoor/outdoor effect, offering panoramic views and creating a sensation of belonging to the vineyards. A reflection pond with lush, botanical gardens border the inner perimeter of the Estate creating an ethereal oasis for guests as soon as they enter the property.

Virtual Tastings

Let us bring our gracious hospitality right to your door with a virtual tasting experience. Designed for groups of 4-6, we've made hosting family, friends, colleagues and clients simple. Each virtual experience is hosted and led by one of our knowledgeable wine educators. In addition to the wine received, your tasting package includes personalized menus for each participant, one J.O. Sullivan wine opener and complimentary shipping right to your door.

For a customized experience, contact us directly so we can tailor the event just for you!

Call: 707-963-9646

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  • Tasting fee
  • Seated tasting available
  • Private tasting available
  • Indoor tasting area
  • Outdoor tasting area
  • Unique architecture
  • Gardens
  • Family friendly
  • Dog friendly
  • Art on display
  • Couches
  • Romantic
  • Sustainable practices
  • Meeting space for up to 20 people
  • Family run

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