The Napa Valley Experience

Discover world-class wines that reflect a traditional style and a mastery of today’s finest winemaking techniques.

Tasting Experiences

Available by appointment, reservations can be made by contacting us directly or scheduling online.

Merlot Mastery: Redefining Napa Valley Merlot


An immersive multi-wine Merlot tasting, this experience offers access to some of the world’s most coveted bottlings, from Napa’s own Merlot hideaway, AKA Sullivan Rutherford Estate, to the greatest Old-World producers of Right Bank Bordeaux or Italy’s Bolgheri. Following a tour of the Estate grounds, enjoy a private tasting of three exquisite Merlots of structure and grace from like-minded global producers along with a library vintage of the J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Merlot. A second flight will showcase a vertical lineup of the flagship J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Merlot. Each flight will be accompanied by a small bite pairing, crafted by local chef partners and specifically designed to complement each wine. Hosted by a member of Sullivan’s leadership team, secure your spot by contacting us directly.


Founder’s Tasting


Begin your experience with a guided walking tour of the property’s vineyards and serene gardens while learning about the 200+ year history of the Estate. Followed by a seated tasting experience, your host will share a customized selection of wines from the J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Collection. Discover the opulent and exquisite wines Sullivan is best known for along with gracious hospitality in a place that embodies great comfort and elegance.

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Journey into Excellence

Savor the extraordinary while creating memorable moments at our Rutherford home. We offer unique and personalized experiences that allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the history of our Estate, creation of exceptional wines and comfort of our warm hospitality. To personalize or tailor your experience, we invite you to connect with us today.

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    Indulge in exquisite wine tastings at Sullivan Rutherford Estate, where each sip unveils the artistry of our winemaking heritage.

    Service Areas

    • Napa
    • Rutherford
    • St. Helena
    • Yountville
    • Oakville
    • Calistoga
    • Salvador
    • Union
    • Sonoma
    • Vallejo