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Discover the entwined narratives of filmmaking and winemaking in the life of Francis Ford Coppola. Embark on a journey from the silver screen to sun-drenched vineyards, and witness how one man's passion seamlessly transitioned into another form of art.

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The Coppola Legacy

Meet Francis Ford Coppola, the maestro behind the iconic films, "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now."

The Godfather of Film

By the mid-'70s, Coppola, wanting a break from San Francisco's fast pace, started longing for an idyllic rural retreat.

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Bidding Farewell to Fog City

Following his grandparents' footsteps who made wine in the basement of their New York apartment, Coppola yearned for his own vineyard.

Inspired by Family Tradition

“Wine is so much more than a beverage. It's a romance, a story, a drama-all of those things that are basically putting on a show”. - Francis Ford Coppola

The Coppolas embarked on a quest, envisioning a warm, welcoming place where family and friends could savor life's great pleasures.

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On a Vineyard Hunt

"We weren’t certain that winemaking was the answer, but we were certain we were going to find out." - Eleanor Coppola

Their search ended in 1975 with the enchanting Niebaum estate, nestled in Napa Valley's verdant landscape.

Discovery of a Gem

Ignoring financial advisers, the Coppolas followed their heart, purchasing a portion of the historic Niebaum estate.

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The Passionate Purchase

With unflinching determination, the couple set out to restore the estate, aiming to recreate its old-world charm.

Journey of Restoration

“Drinking wine is just a part of life, like eating food.” — Francis Ford Coppola

Two decades later, in 1995, the entire estate was finally restored and fully owned by Coppola, fulfilling his cherished dream

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Dream Becomes Reality

Today, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery stands as a testament to Coppola's vision, a perfect blend of tradition and innovation.

Present Day Grandeur

The winery's swimming pool was designed to emulate the Coppola family's Italian traditions, adding to the "wine wonderland" experience.

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A Pool with a Past

The winery houses a museum displaying Coppola's film memorabilia, including Vito Corleone's desk from "The Godfather" and an original "Apocalypse Now" surfboard.

Hollywood Treasures

At the winery's restaurant, Rustic, you can savor international dishes inspired by Coppola's personal recipes, like his famous spaghetti sauce.

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Coppola’s Kitchen

Reuniting with George Lucas, Coppola has collaborated on the Star Wars director’s Viandante Del Cielo label from Skywalker Vineyards which is run by  Scott McLeod,  who also worked for 18 years as Director of Winemaking for the Coppolas

"From Silver Screen to Vineyard

Offering everything from a casual bar experience to private tastings, the winery turns wine tasting into an art form.

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The Art of Tasting

“Every year you have to do something different to make better and better wine.” - Francis Ford Coppola

With its eco-friendly practices like composting and rainwater collection, the winery sets a high bar for sustainability in winemaking.

Green and Glorious

The Coppola winery not only ensures the welfare of its workers but also actively supports the local community through various initiatives

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Fostering a Vibrant Community

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