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Wine Spectator On Coppola’s Move Into Oregon

October 29, 2018

For his next wine project, filmmaker-turned-vintner Francis Ford Coppola is turning to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. His wine company, The Family Coppola, is purchasing Vista Hills Vineyard, in the Dundee Hills subappellation, from the McClintock and McDaniel families. The sale includes Vista Hill’s 42-acre estate vineyard, planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, along with the Treehouse tasting room, but not the Vista Hills brand.

Coppola plans to launch a new Pinot Noir–focused brand at the site. Vista Hills winemaker Dave Petterson is joining The Family Coppola and will produce the wines for the new label. The sale price was not disclosed.

The team at The Family Coppola, parent company of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Virginia Dare Winery, and American Pioneer Winegrowers, had been looking for an Oregon property for several years but wanted to find an estate where the family could create their own brand. “Francis loves the property and the tasting room, and the bones of it,” said Corey Beck, CEO and chief winemaker at The Family Coppola. Wine Spectator has the full story.—Augustus Weed

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