Founder’s Reserve Tasting & Tapas

Located in the heart of Rutherford, your private experience begins with a warm welcome from one of Sullivan’s knowledgeable hosts, who will guide you through your tour and tasting. Learn about the rich history of the Estate, dating back 200 years, while taking in the peaceful surroundings of vineyards and lush botanical gardens. Your tour is followed by a tasting in the family residence, a unique architectural jewel located at the center of the property. Each wine is paired with a curated tapa to enhance the flavors and nuances in each wine and is an intimate and memorable wine and food experience you will never forget.

Experience Highlights

Customized Experience

Customized Experience

Sullivan’s hospitality team will customize a unique experience to match your taste, making every course a truly unique creation.
Savory Tapas

Savory Tapas

A selection of tapas using fresh and seasonal ingredients are created to pair perfectly with Sullivan wines.
Peaceful Surroundings

Peaceful Surroundings

Surrounded by lush gardens and a reflection pond, our property offers a serene escape to immerse yourself in the beauty of Napa Valley.

At a Glance

Monday through Friday
Duration: 2 hours
The experience occurs in the family residence, a unique architectural jewel located at the center of the property.
Experience is indoors.
4-8 guests
Casual. This experience begins with a walking tour of the property, so comfortable shoes are recommended.
Taxes Included

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Sullivan Rutherford Estate

Sullivan Rutherford Estate

Situated in the heart of Napa Valley, Sullivan Rutherford Estate spans 26 acres of vineyards and lush gardens. At the center are the family residence and winery which are open to visitors with an advance appointment. For fifty years, the Estate has been an oasis for artists, chefs, friends and wine lovers, and to this day remains a destination for discerning travelers.

The Estate was founded in 1972 by James ("Jim") O’Neil Sullivan, a visionary and pioneer of Rutherford, the premier Napa Valley appellation for producing Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Jim's passion for creating great wine predated the 1976 Judgement of Paris which famously recognized Napa Valley wines as among the best in the world.

Today, the Estate continues to build on its legacy of growing and crafting world-class Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Under new ownership, the renewed vision is an unequivocal commitment to creating unique experiences that allow people to connect through shared passions while building upon the vast history of the Estate and the foundation laid by James O’Neil Sullivan.

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