Posted on May 18 2017
Sip and Swim Styles at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
When it comes to wine country summers, swimming pools + local wine are the optimal combo for R&R. Throw in a movie memorabilia gallery, views of grape vines, and fine dinning with a laid back ambiance and you've got the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Wether your on coupled up on your honeymoon or driving up the west coast on a family road trip, this Sonoma hot spot has all the necessities for a full day of fun in the sun. From private cabines with showers and reserved lounge chairs on the pool deck to award winning wines flanked by a slew of authentic oscars, the celebrated filmmaker and his equally cinematic family produce more than award winning films. Check out our favorite Sonoma summer escape and our fresh resort wears to keep you cool and classy from poolside sips to vineyard snaps.
If you plan to spend a good chunk of time by the pool, book a Euro style cabine (complete with a private shower and changing room to lock up all your necessities or charge your cell). Each cabine reservation comes with 4 reserved lounge chairs (pro tip: that's the only way to snag one!) They book up fast for the summer, so make sure to reserve yours in advance and check back for any cancelations. There's also a pool side bar and snack shack serving gourmet sandwiches, homemade chips, and marinated olives to name a few of our favorite bites from their savory selection.
Coppola designed the pool deck to feel like a "pleasure garden" for all ages. Inspired by Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Coppola combined fine dining and outdoor leisure to create a resort atmosphere that everyone could enjoy. And we gotta say, he hit the nail on the head!
Teepee Kids Library
Within direct eyesight of the pool deck rests a solo teepee complete with shag rainbow carpets and books for kids to curl up in the shade and indulge in a good read. It's an enchanting little spot for the kids to escape from the sun and adult conversation. Let the kids make new friends while you get your bocce ball on!
Inside the luxurious A/C filed estate, you'll find a plethora of authentic film props and memorabilia from the Coppola family's films to take in along with your wine flight. The museum worthy Movie Gallery includes several academy awards, costumes from Dracula, Don Corleone’s desk from The Godfather, the original automobile from Tucker: The Man and His Dream, and two ship models from Sofia Coppola's Marie Antionette.
Award Winning Wines
And of course, we can't forget the vines and wines (made through sustainable agriculture practices might we add!) Even with all of the outstanding extra amenities, Coppola wouldn't be a Sonoma mainstay without its award winning wines. With more than forty wines produced on-site in a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, there are plenty of options for the avid wine connoisseur. From Cabernet Francs, and Chardonnays to Malbecs and Merlots ( not to me mention Petite Sirahs, Pinot Noirs, Port/Dessert Wines, Rieslings, and Rosés), Coppola has a wine for every palette. Are you ready to wet your whistle yet? Cause we are!