Founded as Inglenook in 1880, the historic Rubicon Estate has the honor of being one of the few remaining family-owned wine ... More
Founded as Inglenook in 1880, the historic Rubicon Estate has the honor of being one of the few remaining family-owned wine estates of its magnitude in existence. It is comprised of 235 acres (95 hectares) of organically certified vineyards, and is located in Napa Valley's Rutherford appellation. Rubicon Estate is home to the region's most famous Chateau and Rubicon—the estate's flagship wine. Dominated by a special clone of Cabernet Sauvignon that can be traced back to the original vineyard plantings of 1880, Rubicon is a Bordeaux blend that reflects the unique terrain of this property. In addition to the collection of award-winning wines, Rubicon Estate offers an array of tours and tastings, some historical, others are hands-on and interactive. From guided walks through the vineyard to barrel sample tasting in the cellar, the property's tour guides are experts at creating dynamic wine experiences for all guests. The estate also is home to the Centennial Museum housing memorabilia from Francis Ford Coppola's movies.
When I first visited this winery, I was overcome by its charm, lovely ambiance in a low-key atmosphere. Since the red carpet theme has been installed, they charge 25.00 per head (whether you drink or not, my husband was driving and did not wish to taste) to visit the the celler. I explained to the attendant I wanted to purchase Rubicon Estate and she gave me a "Purchase Pass" to be granted to ability to be a customer and purchase wine! I purchased a bottle of the Estate and the staff behind the wine bar was lovely but, one of the women from the entrance actually asked the wine server (while I was still standing at the bar!) what I bought and seemed surprised. The wine at this winery is fantastic but, the winery staff and operations has become exclusive.. and not in a good way.
My husband and I have visited this winery a couple of times because we enjoy the movie memorabilia. However, when I took our son for a visit yesterday we were hit with a $25 PER PERSON "property fee". The fee included tasting of up to (I think) 4 wines, but for the non-drinker like myself this is no bonus. The movie memorabilia was still nice (although it is being moved out after this month) but the winery and staff were cold and impersonal. I sure won't be returning again.
Coppola has done an amazing job restoring the Niebaum winery. However, I couldn't help feeling that it was a bit artificial... like we were on a movie set! The grounds and the cellar are beautiful! Uptairs from the bustling tasting room and retail store, there is a little Coppola museum which includes the a bunch of artifacts from his films.
I really enjoyed the winery and the wines were actually quite good!
Great place to add to your wine tasting sites. The landscape is wonderful - there's even a small "musueum" of Coppola's movie history, including his Academy award trophies! Take a picture by the fountain. Enjoy the scenery.....
The setting is fantastic and if you're a fan of Francis Ford Coppola's films, this is the place for you. The wines aren't necessarily knee-buckling, but some you will taste may do the trick. What doesn't do the trick is the downright snotty pourers in the tasting room. I know their salaries, I know they don't make the wines and they sure had nothing to do with "The Godfather" so why they decided to fit the worst stereotypes of the wine industry is beyond me. Arrogant, flippant and condescending. They're the reason why I won't return.
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