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Where else can you sit among olive trees, savor incredible food, take in breathtaking views of vineyards, shop, look at interesting Film Memorabilia and go for a swim? Francis Ford Coppola has been creating this environment since 2007 at his winery in Geyserville. Previously called the Chateau Sovereign winery. After Coppolla took over the place got quite the facelift!
Some might call this winery touristy–I say that it caters to every type of person. That being said there really is something for everyone. Even the non-drinker (me)–I love a winery that has a great restaurant so that I don’t feel that out of place. The restaurant Rustic is one of my favorites in the area–every dish has a story behind it. A lot are Francis’s favorite’s or meals he ate as a child. I have eaten here countless times and never had a bad experience. What I don’t like–the silverware is placed on the table–this would be ok if they had table cloths changed between guests but that’s not the case here. Ok-we got my one complaint out of the way, moving on-ha! I love that you can either come super casual and grab lunch or get dressed up in the evening and celebrate a special occasion.
I love me a good olive tree lined path–This was all kept the same from when it was the Chateau Sovereign years ago. At night it’s even pretty with each tree having it’s own light.
There is tons and tons of parking handicapped parking available in both lots and easy access stright to an elevator to get up to the winery. They also have lots of charging docks for you Tesla owners.
After going up the stairs if you go through the double doors to the left it will take you right into see their famous Tucker 48–constantly rotating on a 360 degree pedestal. Preston Tucker created this “car of the future” in the 40’s and only produced 51 of them until the company folded due to financial and legal problems. This didn’t stop a young Francis Coppola’s fixation with the car as his father had ordered one and even purchased stock in the company. They even went to shows to see the Tucker on display. Even though they never got their Tucker at the time, it became a mythical thing to Francis and years and years later he ended up directing the film Tucker: The man and his Dream and finally got his hands on one. It’s very kind of him to display it here. With the rarity of the car–the auction prices have jumped incredibly in just a few short years. One sold for $2,915,000 at the Barret-Jackson auction in 2012. So if you are ever cleaning out an old garage and see the name Tucker on an old vehicle–don’t sell it for scrap!
The “Cyclopes eye” below–or in other words the third headlight.
Look at those Oscars!
And here we have The Godfather’s desk and chair–used in all three films!
I loved seeing so many photo’s of Francis and his beautiful daughter Sophia–whom I admire as a director.
I was tempted to purchase this book called Cinema By the Bay, showcasing the bay area’s filmmakers and studios in the bay Area.
The Godfather Family Album below.
I could literally do almost all of my Christmas shopping in this gift shop! They have so many neat things that would make such unique gifts.
Below is the famous Mammarella pasta sauce and Francis’s favorite pasta bowls.
If you don’t live near the winery there is a gift basket on Amazon that has the pasta noodles and pasta sauce in it to grab.
As a history lover I love anything “retro.” They have tons of retro toys and games.
Now we are heading in towards the center of the Winery where we find props from Sophia Coppola’s Film Marie Antoinette.
They were used in the 2006 film to reenact a battle scene between the French and the British for King Louis and his guests–sailing in a versailles fountain.
Here’s is the restaurant Rustic that won me over on my first visit in 2007. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable. Their many awards they’ve won speak for themselves. Don’t miss this restuarant if you are in the area, I’ve never had a bad meal!
Film Memorabilia from Bram Stoker’s Dracula film.
Apocalypse Now Film Memorabilia below.
The pool adds to Francis’s family friendly casual atmosphere. It is closed for the season now and won’t open until May. They have the friendliest lifeguards!
What I found out on my last trip here (that I did not know) is that Francis has Resorts all over the world. The Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn in Belize, one in La Lancha in Guatemala, The Palazzo Margarita in Italy and another one in Argentina named the Jardin Escondito. I would love to travel to one of the his resorts–if they are anything like the casual, friendly yet upscale atmosphere of his Winery-then it’s a winner!
Phone: (707) 857-1471
Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Daily
Happy Wine Country exploring!