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The Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Geyserville, CA

Coppola Winery Entrance Geyserville

The driveway entrance to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville

On the way back from our trip to Philo, Yorkville and Boonville, Joshua suggested that we stop at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery for dessert.

Dessert? Don’t need to ask me twice!

From the moment the car left the freeway, we were transported into another world. Francis Ford Coppola is quoted as saying that he planned his winery to be:

“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.” (Wine.com)

Rustic Restaurant courtyard coppola winery

The dining patio of the Rustic Restaurant overlooks the vineyards

The estate grounds are lush with acres of surrounding vineyards. At the time of our visit – Labor Day – the leaves were still green and grapes were on the vine.

The estate itself is a castle-like structure built overlooking the vineyards and above the parking lot. The entrance and main courtyard is reached by a majestic staircase.

The Coppola Winery – surprisingly – has a swimming pool in the middle of the courtyard and on this hot Labor Day afternoon, the pool was moderately crowded.  Evidently the inspiration for the swimming pool evolved from Francis Ford Coppola’s experience at his other winery in Napa, the Rubicon. Heobserved children begging their parents for permission to go into the Rubicon fountain on hot days, so in their honor, he built a pool for them at this winery.

Coppola Winery Courtyard Pool

The winery has a swimming pool in the main courtyard

Adjacent to the pool are a row of personal changing rooms and an outdoor cafe / bar.  Passes are required for pool use and advance reservations are required, since the number of pool passes per day are limited.  Here is the information on the Coppola Winery swimming pool. With a view of the hills and vineyards beyond the pool, this is a beautiful place to be for the whole family. The Pavilion – located at the far end of the pool – is an event venue in the evening after the pool is closed.

We wandered the estate building while waiting for a table at the Rustic restaurant.  I am not a drinker so I passed on the tasting room. However, with 40 different wines produced at the Coppola Winery, I am sure that there is no shortage of tasting opportunities.

The Tucker Car at Copolla WineryThe Coppola Winery is filled with fun movie memorabilia, including Don Corleone’s desk and chair from all three of the Godfather movies. There are Oscars on display and glass cases featuring authentic memorabilia from Francis Ford Coppola’s 50 year movie career. The original Tucker car, from the movie Tucker: The Man and His Dream has its own showroom downstairs. It is gorgeous.

There were also several rooms featuring Marie Antoinette merchandise and movie memorabilia from Sofia Ford Coppola’s 2006 movie of the same name. Two prop boats from the movie are on permanent display.

Our table was ready and we tucked into a lemon tarte for me and a panna cotta for Joshua.  They were both heavenly.  We sat on one of the outdoor patios overlooking the vineyard.  Nothing could have been more perfect and delightful. The restaurant interior is also lovely and welcoming. The walls are lined with glass cases containing a vast collection of intriguing vintage olive oil containers.

My lemon tarte at coppola winery geyserville

My lemon tarte - yummy!

Joshua's Panna Cotta at Coppola winery in geyserville

Joshua's Panna Cotta - equally as yummy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finished our afternoon at the winery by wandering the vineyards a little bit.  We were in the section named “Rustic: Zinfandel 1990”

While visiting the Coppola Winery website, I was delighted to see that one of the ongoing activities is “tasting in the dark”  Here is the program description:

Grapes in the vineyard named “Rustic: Zinfandel 1990″

Grapes in the vineyard named “Rustic: Zinfandel 1990″

Tasting in the Dark
Reservations Required
Offered the following dates: 8/27, 9/17. 10/8, 10/23, 11/13, and 12/4 at 1pm

$55 per person
2 hours, including tasting of four (4) wines

Join us for a fascinating wine tasting that explores how flavors and aromas in wine are accentuated by simply turning off the lights. Guests are blindfolded and led to our Winemaker’s Lab for the tasting, which is hosted by Hoby Wedler, a blind graduate student from UC Davis. It’s a unique and unforgettable tasting experience perfect for any wine lover.

My children went to school with Hoby. He was a remarkable child from a remarkable family. Quite evidently, he has continued his upward trajectory. For more information about this and other programs, check out out the Coppola Winery event schedule.

Located at 300 Via Archimedes in Geyserville, the Coppola winery is directly off Highway 101 at the Independence Lane exit.


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