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George C. Yount Rutherford was originally part of that famous piece of land granted to George C. Yount known as Rancho Caymus. In 1864 Thomas Rutherford married Yount’s daughter Elizabeth and was granted 1,040 acres near the northern end of Rancho Caymus as a wedding gift. “While Yount is considered to be the first to plant wine grapes in Napa Valley, it was Thomas Rutherford who made a serious investment in grape production and winemaking. From 1850 to 1880, Rutherford established himself as a grower and producer of high-quality wines.” – The grape of choice in Rutherford is Cabernet Sauvignon and there’s a famous saying around town. According to lengendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, “It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet”.

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