Not only did he make good movies, the man makes great wine!

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

One of the places to visit if you are going for a wine tasting weekend in Sonoma or Napa Valley. It opened in 2010 and was designed by Dean Tavoularis, the set designer of ‘The Godfather’ movie.

As a movie fan, I had to visit the winery of the Godfather legend. And DAMN the wine is great!

The location is beautiful; you can spend a whole day there if you want. There is not only wine tasting but you can visit the premises and vineyards, have a look at great movie props and art, sit by the pool and soak in the sun; the entrance fee to the pool is expensive though.

For me, it was enough to just walk around and be inspired by the movie props, the posters, the photos and all the beautiful wine bottles. Walk around the gallery of artefacts, including Don Corleone’s desk from “The Godfather”, Coppola’s Academy Awards and the car from “Tucker: A Man and His Dream” in the center of the room.

Of course I had to taste the wine. So I took the ‘Family Flight’ for 10 dollars. With this package you get to taste 4 wines. ‘Family Flight’ includes the Sofia Chardonnay, Votre Santé Pinot Noir, Diamond Collection Red Blend and Diamond Collection Petite Shirah.

Every bottle has its own story. The Sofia wines were specially made for his daughter Sofia Coppola, for example. Yes I know, the name gave that away, but the wine bottles are much more feminine than all the other Coppola wines. TIP: after drinking the whole bottle of Sofia wine, keep it to use as a water bottle.

The ‘ Votre Santé’ wine got its name because Coppola’s grandmother used to say ‘Votre Santé’ when they sat down for dinner and before drinking wine. It is French for ‘cheers’. This one got a Gold Medal in the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

The Diamond Collection is a fine collection of wines. My favourite is the Zinfandel as it is one of California’s grapes. Zinfandel is a variety of red grape, planted in over 10 percent of California vineyards.

Don’t forget to ask for the free tastings of Rosso & Bianco wines!

TIP: If you like the Francis Ford Coppola wines and you can’t buy them on your trip, you are probably wondering where to buy them in Belgium. You find a selection of Coppola wines in ROUSEU, a wine shop in Sint-Martens-Latem.