In 1973, a year after the success of his film "The Godfather", Francis Ford Coppola
and his wife Eleanor bought a property in Inglenook in the Rutherford region of California. At the time, this property did not include the château or vineyards alongside Route 29. There was just a big house and some vineyards growing on slopes.
It was not until 1995, after the success of "Dracula", that Francis Ford Coppola acquired the château and its surrounding vineyards. After this transaction the director decided he should perhaps commit himself to the production of quality wines, and he recruited qualified staff to manage his vineyards.
With the purchase of the château, Francis Ford Coppola inherited a stock of 480,000 bottles of wine, labeled with the brand name of the former owner. He decided to redesign the label and came up with the idea of using a diamond shape. This led to the appearance of the "Diamond Collection" range, which was a huge success and increased the volume production of the Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
The Inglenook vineyards are among the most well known in the Napa Valley and are recognized as being one of the best areas for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon in California. Francis Ford Coppola therefore decided to recruit the operations director of Chateau Margaux, Philippe Bascaules, in 2011, with the mission of gaining recognition for the quality of the Inglenook terroir by reducing the yields and harvesting the grapes earlier.
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