Whether you are a wine novice or expert, a visit to a winery is a great way to learn more about wine. Touching the grapes, walking around the estate, smelling the damp caves, tasting the wine, and learning the stories can make the complex world of wine less daunting. While you can certainly hop around Napa Valley on your own or attend tastings in your area, there is something magical about experiencing a scheduled tasting at the estate. Most wineries have a variety of tastings to choose from at different price points.
Francis Ford Coppola first became invoved with winemaking in 1975 when he purchased his first piece of the vineyard with the proceeds from the first “Godfather” film. The estate changed names over time and he never wavered from wanting to preserve pieces of the Inglenook estate’s history. In 2011 he spent more money buying back the rights to the name “Inglenook” than he spent purchasing the entire estate.