Inglenook Vineyard


The Inglenook legacy wine connoisseur and entrepreneur, came to Rutherford to build a wine estate that would rival Europe’s finest wines and produce the estate's flagship white, Blancaneaux. Inglenook is now completely restored to original dimensions and is once again America's great wine estate. The South Barrel Room: The South Barrel Room is our most popular and versatile locale, accommodating both intimate groups as small as 15 guests to large parties of 200 or more. This authentic barrel room boasts original carriage doors, towering ceilings and turn of the century 1000-gallon casks. The dining area opens onto the Chateau Terrace, which is ideal for after dinner cigars and port or can be tented for additional seating. Chateau Terrace: Adjacent to the South Barrel Room, the Chateau Terrace is reminiscent of an Italian piazza. Nestled between a small olive orchard and overlooking views of the vineyards, the Terrace is our favorite locale for an alfresco luncheon and also serves as an excellent after dinner lounge, with Italian string lights and Parisian café furniture. Tenting Available. The Daniel Cellar: Surround your guests in wine, in our most secluded dining locale. The Daniel Cellar houses wines dating back to 1936 and evokes the rustic elegance Inglenook is known for. Rubicon View Deck: Enjoy dinner overlooking the Rubicon Winery, where Inglenook grapes are processed and fermented during harvest – a truly exceptional experience for the ultimate wine lover. Availability of this intimate space is dependent on the Production Schedule.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Rutherford, California.


  • Producing ultra-premium Estate wines.

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The Inglenook legacy began in 1879 when Gustave Niebaum, a Finnish sea captain, wine connoisseur and entrepreneur, came to Rutherford to build a wine estate that would rival Europe’s finest. When Niebaum’s grandnephew, John Daniel, Jr. inherited the chateau and vineyards in the 1930s, Inglenook had already earned international acclaim. Francis and Eleanor Coppola purchased the property in 1975 and have spent forty years reuniting the original vineyards, returning winemaking operations to the chateau, and restoring Inglenook’s illustrious heritage with the help of renowned wine consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt and Managing Director and Winemaker Philippe Bascaules. In honor of this estate and its historical significance, we have restored the name, Inglenook.

The Team

Francis Ford Coppola is best known as the five-time Oscar-winning director, writer, and producer of such epic films as the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now. As a writer, director, producer, and technological pioneer, Coppola has created a body of work that has helped to shape contemporary American cinema. He has been making films for more than fifty years and wine for nearly forty.

In 1975, Francis and Eleanor purchased part of the historic Inglenook Estate, including over 1400 acres of land and founder Gustave Niebaum's Victorian home and carriage house. Coppola renamed the estate Niebaum-Coppola and in 1978 produced the first vintage of Rubicon. 1995, the Coppolas purchased the remaining part of the original property, which included the Inglenook Chateau and approximately 90 acres of vineyards, thus restoring the Estate to its historic dimensions. "In America, so few things that are broken apart are ever put back together. Reuniting this property was truly a dream come true, both for my family and for Napa Valley." The Coppolas restored the Chateau and grounds to grandeur, making it one of the most beautiful visitor destinations in the Napa Valley.

In 2011, the Coppolas acquired the iconic Inglenook trademark and Coppola announced that henceforth, his celebrated Estate would be known by its historic original name, Inglenook, “Our goal has always been to make one of the world's great wines,” says Coppola. “You don’t get involved with an Estate like this, without that as your goal. In April 2002, all of our 200 acres of vineyards were certified organic—a process that took several years. We are one step closer towards realizing our wine quality goals and carrying on the great legacy that was Inglenook.”

Francis Ford Coppola has always been a dreamer, but he is one of those rare people who, with passion and commitment, has turned his dreams into reality. His dreams and interests have not only have involved cinema and wine, but have encompassed food, literature, and travel as well.

In addition to Inglenook, Coppola also owns the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, California. He launched Zoetrope: All-Story, a quarterly magazine of short fiction, which has won every major story award, including two National Magazine Awards for Fiction. He founded Blancaneaux Lodge, a deluxe, small resort in the remote rainforest of Belize and then opened two more Central American resorts; Turtle Inn in the Belizean beachside town of Placencia, and La Lancha aside Lake Petén Itzá in Guatemala. All three resorts regularly appear on the 'Best Resorts' lists of travel magazines. Coppola's culinary projects include his Mammarella’s brand pastas, pasta sauces and oils as well as a restaurant, Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco. In 2012, Coppola returned to his roots, opening Palazzo Margherita, a small boutique hotel in the Italian town of Bernalda, where his paternal grandfather was born
leanor Coppola is an accomplished documentary filmmaker, artist and costume designer. Eleanor was born in Southern California, and attended UCLA where she received a degree in Applied Design. In 1962, she was invited to Ireland to work on a low-budget independent film, Dementia 13. While serving as Assistant Art Director, she worked with Francis Coppola, who was directing his first feature film. The following year, Francis and Eleanor were married.

Eleanor often accompanies Francis “on location” when he is shooting his films. While in the Philippines for the making of Apocalypse Now, she shot the documentary footage for the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. During this period, she also kept a journal of her experiences, which was published in 1979 as Notes. During the 1996 filming of John Grisham’s The Rainmaker, Eleanor shot a documentary on Coppola’s techniques for working with actors. The Making of The Rainmaker aired on HBO and is widely considered to be one of the best “inside looks” at how a director works with and motivates his actors. In 2007, she made Coda: Thirty Years Later which offered a behind-the-scenes look at the trials and tribulations of Francis Ford Coppola directing Youth Without Youth, his first film after a ten-year hiatus.

Eleanor has also made documentaries of her children’s films – The Making of the ‘Virgin Suicides,’ The Making of ‘Marie Antoinette,’ and On the Set of CQ.

Eleanor began working with the Oberlin Dance Company Dance Company of San Francisco in 1989 by designing costumes and stage décor for a production of “The Yellow Wall Paper,” and accompanied the group on its Russian tour. She designed costumes for an evening-length work entitled “Western Women,” which premiered in 1993, and a piece for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company of New York in 1994.

Eleanor’s drawings, photos and conceptual art pieces have been exhibited in many galleries and museums. Her work “Circle of Memory,” a straw-bale passageway and chamber was built to recall and commemorate children who are missing or who have died. One San Francisco reviewer called it, “Simple and extraordinary.”

In 2008, Eleanor released the book “Notes on a Life,” a fascinating look into her life as an artist, documentary filmmaker and a mother.

Eleanor Coppola is active in the management and merchandising of both Inglenook in Rutherford and Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, as well as all three of the Coppola’s luxury resorts in Central America.

Roman Coppola grew up in the world of filmmaking, and has developed his directing skills by working in multiple capacities: from sound recordist to cinematographer, to writer, producer and inventor. He is president of the pioneering San Francisco-based film company American Zoetrope.

He began his directing career with visual effects and second unit direction of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which garnered a BAFTA Award nomination for Visual Effects. His first feature film, C.Q., premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was well received critically. Roman lent his talents to 2nd Unit Direction on many productions, including: Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette, and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic. He was a producer and co-writer for The Darjeeling Limited and co-wrote the screenplay for Wes’ film, Moonrise Kingdom for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and a Writer’s Guild Award. In 2012, he wrote and directed his second feature film, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.

Roman is also the founder and owner of The Directors Bureau, an award-winning commercial and music video production company. It is here that Roman has directed his highly acclaimed and influential music videos and commercials, for bands such as The Strokes and Green Day, and for clients such as Coke, Honda and The New Yorker. His work has earned him various industry honors including a Grammy nomination and two MTV Music Video Awards. Also, Roman’s stream-of-consciousness video for the Phoenix “Funky Squaredance” track was invited into the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art.

Roman is a founding partner of the Photobubble Company, which markets a newly patented inflatable film enclosure. More details can be viewed at: Among his producing credits are Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, which won the top prize, the Golden Lion Award, at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival. He is also producer on his sister Sofia’s upcoming film, The Bling Ring and On the Road, directed by Walter Salles, based on Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel.

In 2000, Roman worked with the winemaking team to create a unique Syrah, the RC Reserve. He also designed the label, selecting bold typeface and simple artwork to parallel the pure character and intense flavor of the bottle’s contents.

Sofia Coppola grew up in Northern California. After graduating from St. Helena high school, she studied Fine Art at California Institute of the Arts. She wrote and directed the films, The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation (which she won an Academy Award for the screenplay) Marie-Antoinette, Somewhere and The Bling Ring. She lives with her husband and two daughters in New York.
Gia Coppola is a woman of many talents - an accomplished photographer and filmmaker, as well as amateur bartender and wine enthusiast. After graduating from Bard College with a degree in photography, she subsequently has seen her work published in numerous magazines, directed commercials, and recently finished writing and directing her first feature film, Palo Alto, due out in 2014. Adapted from James Franco's short story collection, Palo Alto Stories, the film received rave reviews at the Telluride, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals in Summer 2013. Gia was introduced to the wine industry by her grandfather, Francis Ford Coppola, and has been involved with the family winery for over a decade.

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