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Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

Key Info

  • I call it the ‘Harry Potter Castle’.

  • Located in Alexander Valley near downtown Geyserville.

  • One of my favorite places to frequent and to take out of town guests.

  • Part adult Disneyland for wine lovers and part 1950’s Coney Island vibes.

  • Considered one of Sonoma County’s most beautiful wine castles.

  • Who is Francis Ford Coppola?

  • Film director, producer, screenwriter, and film composer legend.

  • The Godfather, a 3 Academy Award winner.

  • His other movie masterpieces include:

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Apocalypse Now, and Tucker to name a few.

  • In 2010 Francis Ford Coppola Winery opened.

  • According to Coppola, his goal was to create a:

  • “Wine wonderland, a park of pleasures where people of all ages enjoy the best things in life: food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming, and performances.

  • A place to celebrate the love of life.”

  • The winery tasting room is open daily 11am-5:30pm

  • Rustic Restaurant, Italian home cooking, is open daily 11:00am-9:00pm

  • Walk-in tastings ok.

  • Several tasting options. Scope them out HERE

  • More than 40 wines produced on site.

  • Cabernet, Red Blends, Syrah, Pinot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Brut Rosé, Riesling, Zinfandel

  • In 2002 they started producing canned wines.

  • Many wines are reasonably priced at $25 or less.

  • Premiere wines are in the $40 range to $90.

  • Keep The Following In Mind:

  • Not pet friendly. Leave your pooch at home.

  • Food for any picnic experience MUST BE purchased at winery.

  • Want pool access?

  • Here are some appointment options:

  • 1) Individual day pass, sit on the grass or chairs.

  • 2) Cabine (private pool changing room) and lounge chair with up to 4 guests.

  • More info about visiting the pool HERE

  • The pool cafe is accessible to everyone.


You May Not Know

  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery is collaborative.

  • They proudly have longstanding relationships with 150 grape growers and offer…

  • Premium price per ton for sustainable grapes and even encourages their growers to become sustainable certified.

  • After harvest, each grape grower comes to the winery and barrel samples their fruit.

  • The winery employs more than 400 people in Sonoma.

  • Corey Beck is President and Director of winemaking and General Manager.

  • In 2016 Corey was named one of the “Top 50 Leaders” by Wine Business Monthly, one of the biggest honors in the wine industry.

  • Agostino Coppola, Francis’s grandfather, made wine in the basement of his New York apartment. He stored the wine in concrete vats. His wine making passion lives on with Coppola Winery.

  • The winery received the Green Medal Award for Sustainable Wine-growing Leadership.

  • Gia Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola’s granddaughter, is a key player in the winemaking business.

  • She is making brighter wines with lower alcohol content and in a price range for the new generation of wine drinkers.

  • Coppola is always expanding.

  • In 2013 he purchased Geyserpeak Winery in Geyserville and renamed the place Virgina Dare Winery. Here the focus is on Russian River Valley Pinot and Chardonnay.

Sheila’s Recommendation

  • Coppola Winery is my go-to place!

  • I celebrated my 35th birthday poolside with a bottle of Sofia Sparkling.

  • My friends and I switched between laying poolside, playing bocce ball and swimming.

  • Rustic Restaurant is everything I want and more in a restaurant.

  • I can eat by the pool and watch swimmers.

  • Eating inside the castle is also a cozy ambiance.

  • My favorite dining experience at Coppola is on the patio overlooking vineyard views.

  • I always buy a bottle of their wine to drink with dinner.

  • Super reasonably priced, no corkage, and reliable drinking quality.

  • My mouth DROOLS for the Coppola family Zeppole recipe.

  • Fried, savory, donoughts that they bring out before the meal.

  • I dip my Zeppole in the Coppola Mamarella hot tomato sauce dip.

  • I keep this sauce on hand at my house too, it’s THAT delicious.

  • My must orders from the menu are:

  • Ceaser Salad, Rigatoni with Meatballs AND the Sofia Pizza.

  • Before or after dinner, browse the movie artifacts.

  • The desk from the Godfather, movie costumes from Dracula, and Coppolla’s Oscars are quite jaw dropping to see up close.

  • Follow Francis Ford Coppola winery on Facebook.

  • My next adventure at Coppola’s is experiencing their summer ‘Dancing Under The Stars’ event.

  • I appreciate that their Facebook Page is kept up to date.

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