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The Family Coppola

With a deep commitment to quality, authenticity, and pleasure, Francis Ford Coppola Winery is a unique destination to celebrate the best things in life. Francis Ford Coppola wanted the winery to be like the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen with rides and cafes and restaurant and is filled with family to go to and enjoy.

When we began to develop the idea for this winery, we wanted it to be a wonderland…a place to celebrate the love of life.”- Francis Ford Coppola

With a deep commitment to quality, authenticity, and pleasure, Francis Ford Coppola Winery is a unique destination to celebrate the best things in life.

Francis Ford Coppola has always been influenced by the idea of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, which was the inspiration for ultimately all modern amusements parks. He remembers the beautiful theater pavilions with the curtains painted with peacock feathers that had little ballet performances. At Tivoli, there were rides, but most important than the rides were the cafes and the refreshments and just the sense of being in a “pleasure garden”, for all people to enjoy. This is the best phrase to describe what they’re creating here. He wanted the winery to become such a park for the family to go and enjoy, where there are things for kids to do, so they can be close to their parents who are sampling wines and foods.

In 2006, the Coppola family purchased the historic Chateau Souverain property in Sonoma County. The renovation began in 2008 and in 2010, the winery is unveiled with its newly tasting room, museum and Rustic Francis’ Favourites restaurant.

Francis and Eleannor Coppola have long supported sustainability throughout their lives and many business endeavours in an effort to preserve the land for generations to come. In 2012, the winery became certified sustainable through the California Sustainable Wine-growing Alliance and they continued this commitment by becoming 100% certified sustainable in 2019.

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