Owned by the legendary director, this winery is, not surprisingly, perfectly directed, from its wine tours to its movie memorabilia to its utterly chic and fun swimming pool, where you can reserve four lounge chairs and your own dressing “cabine” for the day ($170 to $215, including cans of sparkling bubbly for adults; rates vary on weekends and holidays). Yes, the price is insane, but when the thermostat hits 110 degrees and your server delivers yet another perfect iced cocktail and a crisp salad as you linger under the shade of an oversize umbrella, it may seem worth every penny. Even if you skip the pool, you’ll enjoy a glass case full of Coppola’s filmmaking awards, including the Oscars he won for The Godfather and a giant bamboo cage used as a prop in Apocalypse Now. The 45-minute tour (daily at 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm) is a good deal; for $32, you see the vineyard, learn about the vintner’s grape philosophy, pop into the barrel room to taste wine right out of barrels, and wind up with a sampling of some reserve wines. Without the tour, tastings are free (for two pours), with additional offerings starting at $20. This is also one of the few wineries where you’ll find picnic tables that are actually in the vineyards.
Sonoma Valley› Attraction
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville
Our Rating Neighborhood Geyserville Hours Daily 11am–6pm Phone 707/857-1400 Prices Tour $32; Pool cabine $170–215 Web site Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Map300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville Sonoma Valley
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