Coppola's ‘wine wonderland’ ready for visitors

on 16/11/10 at 11:49 am


The chateau from the vineyards along Highway 101

Work crews last week were putting the finishing touches on Francis Ford Coppola’s “wine wonderland” makeover of the former Chateau Souverain winery in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley.

Just after Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired the property in March 2006, he said he wanted to create a family-friendly wine resort in Sonoma County to complement the exclusive orientation of the Rubicon property he has reposition in Rutherford in Napa Valley.

That vision partly came to fruition with the reopening in July of the tasting room in the Geyserville chateau along with a new restaurant, called Rustic; a cocktail bar; mini museum of Coppola movie memorabilia, including the car from “Tucker;” and the iconic desk from “The Godfather.”

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