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Rutherford vacation rentals

Raise a glass to your Rutherford vacation rental

Ladies and gentlemen, charge your glasses. A Rutherford vacation rental will see you nestled deep among the vineyards and wineries of the Napa Valley. One of the biggest wine and food destinations in the world, literally millions of people every year descend on this part of California to sample the fermented nectar of its sprawling vineyards. And if the quality of its award-winning wines isn't enough to get your juices flowing, Rutherford's restaurants are pretty special too. Picture yourself gazing over the verdant valley floor as you tear into Michelin-starred food and a glass of cabernet sauvignon. Then get booking.

Baby, you can drive my car

Chances are you're going to want to spend most of your Rutherford vacation rental with a wine glass in your hand. Which means you'd best not have a steering wheel in the other. Fortunately the area is well served by wine tours, from elaborate affairs involving limos and guides, to simpler arrangements where a local does the driving so you can focus on the drinking. Or, for a touch of old-school glamour, there's the Napa Valley wine train. With its vintage Pullman railcars, this elegant service travels the length of the Napa Valley, and offers fine dining and events, including murder mystery tours.

I heard it on the grapevine

It'll come as no surprise that most people round here make their living growing and squashing grapes, and far be it from you to let them labor in vain. Rutherford is particularly known for its cabernet sauvignon varieties and distinctive local flavors, so take a winery tour or two (or three, or four), and see if you can pinpoint the famously elusive note of 'Rutherford dust'. If you fancy a dash of showbiz with your glass of the red stuff, head to Inglenook Winery, which Francis Ford Coppola bought with the profits from The Godfather.

Enough sun to turn you into a raisin

Those vines just love the sun, which is good news if you do too, since Rutherford will treat you to a Mediterranean climate. Summers round here are hot, dry, and sunny, though the temperatures can drop off a little in the evenings, so best pack that linen jacket. Come winter (November to February), the mercury never falls particularly low, but you can bank on plenty of rain. One of the most incredible seasons for a Rutherford vacation rental is fall, when the vineyards turn gorgeous colors, and the process of harvesting and crushing those little black fruits really gets rolling.

A nip of Napa Valley nectar

You might have heard of the Napa Valley, home to some of the most famous wines in the whole of the U.S. Well, Rutherford is right at the heart of it, and has its own AVA (American Viticultural Area) designation. Flanked by the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges, this once volcanic region can go toe-to-toe with the Mediterranean for the quality of its soil and its grape-friendly climate. The decent winter rainfall and nearby mountain environments also mean the slopes are home to a rich diversity of wildlife and plants, along with canyons and forests.