The Northern California Wine Country is a spectacular destination for wine lovers. We take all things wine very seriously here. Most wineries are elegantly rustic showcases for the main attractions – wine and grapes. In contrast, a newcomer to the Sonoma County wine region has created a new kind of winery, with much more than a tasting room.
The man who brought this vision to life is the famed movie director, Francis Ford Coppola. He says his concept is “…a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.”
The result is the Coppola Winery, a family-friendly “wine resort” with gardens, restaurants, tasting rooms, swimming pools, and the Movie Gallery, a museum of memorabilia from his famous films.
Fans of The Godfather trilogy flock here to see Don Corleone’s desk and chair, where Marlon Brando and Al Pacino sat in many scenes in some of the greatest films of all time.
There are scripts, production notes, and casting reviews from other great movies like Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Even some of his Academy Award statuettes are on display.
Apparently this is an idea whose time has come.To make the most of a pool day at Coppola Winery, it’s a good idea to get there early. And don’t even think about dining at “Rustic, Francis’s Favorites,” the popular Italian restaurant, without reservations. Happily, the Movie Gallery is open to the public at no charge, and even spur-of-the-moment visits will not disappoint.
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