UPDATE AS OF 2011
INGLENOOK is back and the ever changing wine scene at this property is reunited by Francis Ford Coppola once again. As of 2011, the name Inglenook will be once again a proud winery in the Napa Valley. Rubicon will become the flagship wine. The main tasting tour costs $50.00 per person. It is called the Inglenook Experience and includes tastings and the history of the winery. The tour lasts 90 minutes.
s4The following is a review was from my original visit to the Coppola winery.
The Niebaum-Coppola Chateau Winery owned by the man who brought "The Godfather" movie to the silver screen, Francis Ford Coppola, is a beautiful example of mixing "Hollywood" with wine to come up with an interesting blend of spritz and glitz. Coppola, who had no real interest in wine but only the beauty and serenity of the Napa Valley settled in and began to enjoy the wine industry and created a reality of a dream.
The name Coppola on a bottle of wine now rates right up there with the best of wines, as does the name Coppola rates high on the list of top directors of movies. It seems as though anything Coppola does, he tries to be the best at it. Movies and wine, make for a great time. See my travelogue on the house that "The Godfather" built. It is a must see in the Napa Valley and gets my thumbs up.
UPDATE REPORT ON THE FOLLOWING: As of Feb. 1, 2006, the new name of this winery became "RUBICON ESTATE'". Rubicon Estate has a Twenty-Five Dollar guest fee, which includes entree, tasting of five estate wines, and a tour of the estate. Local residents and members of the RE wine club, enter without charge.
Francis Coppola has opened another winery in Geyserville with the Coppola label. Many changes have taken place at the Rubicon Estate winery and some of the movie glitz is not a part of this new/old winery. Francis, per his Wine Club Manager, has upgraded the wines with the RUBICON name and concentrated on fine wine from the estate in the Napa Valley. I have tasted the Rubicon Estate, Captain's Reserve 2003 Cabernet Savignon and I must give it a thumbs up.
Go to Niebaum-Coppola winery. This is exactly what I would expect from a winery in the Napa Valley. So many looked too commercialized. We stopped at this one because we are fans of the Godfather movies but were impressed with the grounds and architecture of the buildings. They offer complimentary valet parking. There is a pond (as seen in the picture) with boats for the children to play with. The interior of the main house opens to a staircase leading upstairs to the memorabilia of Frances Ford Coppola's movies and Captain Niebaum's antique desk and uniform.
A great place even if you don't like wine. This place is beautiful and in addition to wine tasting there is also a big section with Coppola family interests including a second floor movie museum. Sea captain Gustave Niebaum bought the Inglenook property in 1880. Over the years it was not taken care of and parts were sold off. Then in the mid 70's director Francis Ford Coppola bought the property and brought it to what it is now.
Fun to visit and the wine isn't bad either. The 1879 Inglenook Chateau was purchased by Francis Ford Coppola in 1995. You may even see FFC walking around the grounds. His film company has a post production studio on site so he does spend time on the property.
In 1975 Francis Ford Coppola, of 'Godfather' fame, bought the 1,560 acre Inglenook Estate, including the 19th century Niebaum residence and adjacent vineyard. Bring your camera, the grounds are beautifully landscaped. Tour the Centennial Museum for memorabilia from many of Coppola's films, including Vito Corleone's desk and chair from The Godfather.
The museum contains a Tucker, presumably from when Copolla made the movie, "Tucker." From the looks of it, it's kept in working order. At least, there's an oil-pan with sand on it under the car, with some fresh oil. Heh heh.
While I'm not much of a fan of their wine, this is a beautiful winery in terms of its architecture and grounds. Also, as it is owned by Francis Ford Copolla, there is a small museum of items collected from his movies. The Godfather's desk, costumes from Bram Stoker's Dracula, awards, etc.
A tranquil fountain outside the tasting rooms. It's pretty nice for a modern fountain. Definitely tranquil.