Moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola has been making wines at his Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery in the Napa Valley for two ... More
Niebaum Coppola Winery
Moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola has been making wines at his Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery in the Napa Valley for two decades. In February 1995, he purchased the remaining part of the original estate - the massive stone Inglenook Chateau and its adjacent vineyards. This purchase reunited Gustave Niebaum's original Napa Valley estate established in 1879 and preserves his legacy for future generations. Distinctively appointed tasting rooms, vaulted stone cellars and a spectacular hand-carved staircase crowned by a jewel-like stained glass window are a few of the dramatic attractions at the winery. The winery boasts the flagship red wine, Rubicon 2000, that's incredibly dense and viscous, with complex flavors of violets, sour cherry and blueberry. This award-winning wine is typical of Francis Ford Coppola's commitment "to make one of the great wines of the world." There are tours of the chateau daily, and its a daytrip that's worth the visit, no matter what your reason for being in Northern California, business, pleasure, or if you simply live here. (Besides the intriguing history of the property, as well as the wine making process, there are mountains of Coppola-related artifacts and other souvenirs, available for perusal, from films like "One From the Heart," "Tucker,” "The Godfather," and "Apocalypse Now.")
I loved the spanish architecture and the very classy way they conduct their tour compared to the other wineries. Then of course they invite you to taste their reserve and let me tell you they are the first and the best.
It is breathtakingly beautiful and heavenly. It was as if I entered paradise and just enjoyed the gorgeous view of the Roman pool and its foundation. I would go back in a second and plan on doing that soon.
We used to recommend this place to every visitor.
Now you have to pay $ 25 per person just to get out of the car.
I don't mind paying to taste - but after I have gotten into the tasting room and like what I see.
The history of this winery is very interesting and well explained. We had been
here several years ago and were very surprised on our return to see the transformation with the fountains, new gift shop, and improvements to the grounds. This is a beautiful relaxing winery to visit and a must if you are in Napa Valley.
Sat at Francis and Mrs. Coppola's favorite patio table and listened to stories about cross breeding lemon with lime trees. An employee handed us lemons to take home whiel we were sipping wine and breaking bread near sunset.
A beautiful part of california,a couple of hours drive from San Francisco.spent the day enjoying some very good wine.A lovely setting inclueding some of coppolas films featured.Music scores from Appocolipse now,the Marlon Brando desk from the Godfather.Also a well stocked shop,selling their own range of wines,i bought several bottles of zinfandel which hasnt been surpast in wines available in england.
For $25 it is not worth it to take a tour of this winery. The tour really wasn't a tour. We walked up a hill overlooking the bottom half of the vineyard and were given a 10 minute history of the winery, followed by a walk through of their replica wine caskets. The tour ended 5 minutes later in the upstairs part of the chauteu where we were told to look around at the movie memoribillia and then enjoy our tasting. I highly recommend the Mondavi tour. The grounds are absolutey beautiful. For $25 you get a 1 1/2 hour tour, which includes a walk through the vineyard, grape tasting, education class, a walk through their fermentation room and cellars and a tasting. Well worth the money.
This was the "must go to" destination whenever friends came to visit me in San Francisco. It's a beautiful location and, prior to the take over by Rubicon, was a great place for new and return vistors to enjoy the winery and the Copploa legacy.
Now you can't even enter the premises without a mandatory $25 per person tasting fee.
Sorry, the new requirement doesn't fit with my needs. There are far too many other winery options to choose from.
We used to love to go to this winery. The tasting fee wasn't bad, the wine delicious and you got to keep your glass. Now it really is a trap. You have to pay $25 in order to even set foot on the premise and nothing is for free anymore- not even the glass. Very disappointing, I used to recommend this winery to everyone I knew but not anymore.
Since Rubicon has taken over operations of the Coppola Winery, what used to be a pleasurable experience has eroded into a tourist trap. Tastings are now $25.00 and the crystal stemware once used has been replaced by cheap glass. The wines tasted were unremarkable. I look forward to the winery experience because this is an opportunity for the wine maker to show what he or she is capable of. Coppola was once a destination, now I have to recommend that all stay clear of this contrived trap.
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