St. Supéry's Rutherford Estate Vineyard surrounds the winery in the celebrated Rutherford wine growing region along Highway 29. Thirty-five acres are planted with red Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The climate and soils of Rutherford are ideal for these grape varieties, which are used for our estate red blend, Élu, as well as St. Supéry's Rutherford Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, three of our exceptional single vineyard designates.
Our Rutherford Estate Vineyard is on the "Rutherford Bench" of mineral-rich alluvial soils of sandy clay loam from the Mayacamas Mountains. Deep, well-drained soil allows the grapevine's root system to mine for nutrients and water which yields complex and concentrated flavors in the fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Rutherford has traditionally been known for its fine-grained tannins, known as "Rutherford Dust."