Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Francis Ford Coppola opens a wine tasting venue that the whole family can enjoy.
Francis Ford Coppola
Company: Francis Ford Coppola Presents
What Makes Him Haute: This Haute Living cover subject is considered by many to be one of the greatest American film directors of all time, with works like The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, and The Outsiders under his belt. In the past 20 years, the five-time Oscar-winning director, writer and producer’s résumé has expanded to include accomplished vintner, hotelier, restaurateur, magazine publisher, and cigar maker — an impressive array of fields that, he says, all come down to entertainment.
What Makes Him Haute Now: Ever want to enjoy a weekend of wine tasting but you have no one to watch the kids? Well Francis Ford Coppola has a solution for this predicament: his destination winery that features activities for the whole family. Coppola purchased the winery, located in the north Sonoma County town of Geyserville, four years ago and started renovating it to fit his vision of a recreational spot for all generations. The tasting rooms and the Rustic Restaurant have been open since July 2010 and other facilities, such as an outdoor performance stage, are set to open at the end of October. Currently under construction are two swimming pools with private cabanas, four bocce ball courts and a variety of dining options. As an added bonus, there are several items from Coppola’s films, like the desk from the Godfather films, on display in the galleries surrounding the tasting rooms and in the shops. Those with a family should come and take Coppola up on his compromise.