Do not focus too heavily on his professional career. First, remember the immortal Kozma Prutkova – Specialist similar flux: the fullness of his one-sided. ” And secondly, just look around – many outstanding people teach us lessons of a very unexpected combination of his life’s activities.
For example, Francis Ford Coppola. What associations with the name? “The Godfather” – an instant answer each and rightly so. Well, the wine? With wine from someone associated with? If not, we are now corrected. Because the five-time Oscar winner, director and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola – known in California, and in general in the United States, winemaker.
And it has no hobbies. Coppola – a very large landowner, he had 2000 hectares of vineyards, production measured in millions of bottles a year. If Oscars were awarded in winemaking, he probably could have nominated – its economy is among the ten largest wine-making industries of America.
And he is not just owned all of these economies, riding straight there from time to time to relax and check out how to cope with the work of its managers. No, he lives there. In Napa Valley, in the town Rutherford, in the estate Rubicon In heaven among the vines.
His movies and his wine business is very much intertwined. They literally give life to each other. Here’s how it was.
In 1975, money from the “Godfather” Coppola takes its first vineyards of what has long dreamed of. But when the needed funds to shoot “Apocalypse Now, Coppola has laid them, the art has once again demanded the victims. And he almost lost his new wine business. However, it has saved The Godfather Part 3 “, the money from which Coppola extinguishes bail. And the income derived from “Dracula”, allowed him to buy another part of the land, together in a long time it popular among the estate.
There have been a structure similar to a French chateau, the estate of Inglenook. And Coppola wanted to recreate on the ground a piece of California real France, with vineyards and castle, and he invested in this company a few years of life and the huge proceeds from their Oscar-winning film projects.
Now it is renovated mansion is open for wine tourists, and you can go there. Previously it was called Niebaum Estate, on behalf of the original owner, the pioneer of American winemaking. Then it became known as Niebaum-Coppola Estate, now renamed Rubicon Estate, on behalf of corporate wine Rubicon, which they so duhopodemno named. All of these names still remain on the labels, which introduces some confusion into the heads of consumers, but it’s just to remember and look under the brands of wine Coppola Niebaum-Coppola Estate and Rubicon Estate.
Mark Rubicon – the most expensive, costing from $ 100 per bottle – wines 2000′s crop estimated by Robert Parker in a 94-96 score. But the farm of Francis Ford and Eleanor Coppola produced and inexpensive brands. Coppola assume from the outset – as every American is available to a movie, it should be available and its wine. The first wine the 1970′s cost about 10 dollars, and this pricing policy and adheres to the family now – 10-30 dollars per bottle. Even the premium sparkling wine that bears the name of the director’s daughter, Sofia – Sofia Blanc de Blancs – costs just $ 19.
Wine farms supplied virtually all states and many countries worldwide. We are not yet available but will be in America, do not forget to deal in any liquor store or order from the site of the winery. You can easily buy them at very affordable price and taste under the main theme music of “The Godfather” in performance, for example, the orchestra Andre Rieux.
Francis Ford Coppola – the largest winemaker among celebrities and the very first, who was doing it. BUT NOT ONLY. Recently we wrote about Cliff Richard , who did the same thing, only 20 years later. And if you only talk about cinema, many of you will call in the same row, even a couple of names. Gerard Depardieu, for example, which is well marked in her passport, in the graph profession – actor, winemaker, separated by commas.
We even had a small network research, and compiled a list of seven most famous names of celebrities from the film, which as well as Francis Ford Coppola decided to connect his life with wine-making. In addition to Francis Ford Coppola, and Gerard Depardieu there are also included Pierre Richard, Carole Bouquet, Christopher Lambert, Sam Neill and Antonio Banderas – they also own vineyards in various parts of the world, and also make his estate wines in their own wineries.