Francis Ford Coppola Winery Announces Academy Awards Partnership

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Francis Ford Coppola with his Oscars
Francis Ford Coppola with his Oscars

It makes sense that ‘The Godfather’ of film would blend all of his interests in one, which is exactly what Francis Ford Coppola is doing: it was just announced that his Francis Ford Coppola Winery will be the sole still wine brand poured at the Academy Awards and Governors Ball—the Academy’s official post-Oscars celebration—for the next three years. Additionally, the winery is the exclusive wine sponsor of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

“Filmmaking and winemaking are certainly two great passions of mine” says Coppola. “By partnering with Sundance Institute and the Academy, I am now able to blend the two together in a big way.”

Coppola wines
Coppola wines

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As part of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival sponsorship, the winery will host premiere parties during the ten-day Festival in Park City, Utah from January 19-29. Select Coppola activations include: Drink in the Moment & The Big Picture, which captures the spirit of Coppola’s passion for both film and wine by offering two unique experiences for Festival-goers. Drink in the Moment, a whimsical visual experience via a projected fast action animated motion short featured at Miner’s Park Plaza, will run during key moments of the Festival. The Big Picture will commission a popular artist to create a custom, oversized wine cork mural that will build through the duration of the event in the Festival Co-op and offer consumers an opportunity to contribute to the artistic masterpiece.

As awards season continues into February, Francis Ford Coppola Winery will be seen at the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony and Governors Ball on February 26. Coppola and winemaker Corey Beck designed custom wine blends and commemorative labels for the special occasion, which will be poured exclusively for the Oscars nominees and event guests.

The Family Coppola encompasses all of the things Coppola loves most—cinema, wine, food, resorts, and adventure— and embraces quality, authenticity and pleasure as a backbone to each of these vibrant business endeavors. Anchored in Sonoma County, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, is, as the six-time Oscar winner puts it, “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life: food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.”  Coppola’s second foray into Sonoma County came in 2015 with the launch of Virginia Dare Winery, American wines since 1835, ushering in a new era of elevated quality and vineyard-specific wines.

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