Napa Valley, CA
March 01, 2016
Contrary to popular belief, the building you are looking at is not Francis Ford Coppola's house. In fact, the building has never been used as a residence. The original Inglenook owner, a Finnish sea captain, built this, well, building in the 1880s, to house the production of wine. It has never been used as a residence.
Inglenook is one of the oldest surviving wineries in Napa. It thrived from the start, and unlike many wineries, it survived Prohibition. Guess how? They sold wine to churches to use for communion. Kind of brilliant, eh?
Coppola purchased a part of the winery in 1975 with proceeds from the the Godfather franchise, and began his own winery, not Inglenook. In 1995, he purchased the entire estate and began producing Inglenook wines. He also owns another winery in Napa, which produces the Coppola wines that you can find at Trader Joe's.
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