In our occasional series on places not to be missed this harvest season, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville definitely makes the cut.
The dramatic chalet is home to vintner/director Francis Ford Coppola’s Sonoma County winery. The director of “The Godfather” movies bought the winery site from Chateau Souverain in 2006 and plans to make it a family-friendly retreat, as well as a backdrop for his movie memorabilia.
The tasting room showcases Coppola’s
props, Oscars and Golden Globes. There’s the gold phone from the “The Godfather, Part II,” the hat and boots worn by Robert Duvall in “Apocalypse Now” and a platinum record of the “American Graffiti” soundtrack.
Day trip advice: Begin your adventure in Healdsburg at the Downtown Bakery & Creamery and order the pancakes, a specialty, (308 A Center St., Healdsburg, 707-431-2719). Then check out the shops. Don’t miss the old time candy store, Powells Sweet Shoppe, which has Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on screen, (322 Center St., Healdsburg, 707-431-2784). Work up an appetite and head to Bovolo, also on the square, and order the Fried Green Tomato BLT, (106 Matheson St., Healdsburg, 707-431-2962). Then hop in your car for a 15- minute drive Geyserville for an afternoon of sipping wine and Oscar gazing at Rosso & Bianco, (300 Via Archimedes, formerly Souverain Road, Geyserville, 707-857-1462).