Niebaum-Coppola Winery – “The story of the Niebaum – Coppola Winery cannot be told without including a glimpse into the life of its owner, legendary film director, Francis Ford Coppola. The two stories are as intricately entwined as the grape vines that flourish within the verdant valleys of Napa.
In 1962, Coppola traveled to Ireland to film Dementia 13. Working on the set, he met Eleanor Neal, the Assistant Art Director. The two were married a year later and partnered, not only a family, but parallel careers. While Coppola was filming Apocalypse Now in the Philippines, Eleanor shot the documentary Hears of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. The film won an International Documentary Association Award, an Ace award and an Emmy. During this time, Eleanor kept a journal of her experiences in the Philippines and published her book Notes, in 1979. In addition to the daily management of the estate and its vineyards, Eleanor recently filmed The Making of the Rainmaker, which focuses on Coppola’s techniques for working actors.
As daring and diverse as the many films he has written, directed and produced, Coppola’s name has become a lexicon of the American language. His credits include Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. His San Francisco based film company, American Zoetrope, develops and produces remarkable films for both the large and the small screen. Coppola owns a resort in Belize, is a partner with Robert DeNiro, Drew Nieporent and Robin Williams in the acclaimed San Francisco restaurant, Rubicon and recently opened Cafe’ Niebaum-Coppola on the ground floor of American Zoetrope. And he is a superb winemaker.
There is so much in a glass of wine – in its color, its aroma and its taste – that tells of its heritage of the land that it comes from, of the weather that year, and the philosophy of the family making it. Our family is extremely concerned with the conservation of this property, the purity of the water, the way we farm, the fact that the grapes grown here are certified organic. Our goal has always been to make one of the great American wines. WE are committed to that goal and to preserving this unique heritage, and look forward to sharing it with the thousands of wine lovers who visit the Napa Valley each year.” Francis Coppola
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