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Inglenook (Rubicon Estate)
Gorgeous Historic Winery in Rutherford, California
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
Inglenook is notable for many reasons, but two stand out. First, the winery dates back to 1879, when a former Finnish sea captain and fur trader named Gustave Niebaum established Inglenook Winery.
Second, in 1975 famed movie director Francis Ford Coppola bought Niebaum’s home and vineyard (his first vintage appeared in 1977 under the Niebaum-Coppola label). Copolla later reunited the original estate when he purchased Niebaum’s remaining acreage, including the magnificent redwood winery.
In 2006 the winery was given a new name: Rubicon Estate. It wasn’t until 2011 that Coppola was able to acquire orginal trademark and restore its historic name.
The winery bills itself as “America’s Grand Wine Estate,” and you will agree. It is, quite simply, a lush and gorgeous destination.
Furnishings are swank, a huge grand stairway sweeps you up broad carpeted steps, and the two elegant tasting rooms seem straight out of a movie set inside a palace or a private mens’ club. And you will be treated like a VIP, with a personalized experience that includes a walk down a red carpet.
A Guest Fee, required to visit, includes a tasting of five wines, a tour, and access to various parts of the Estate (including the museum).
Wine made by Captain Niebaum in the 19th century won gold medals at the 1889 Paris World Fair.
Amenities: Museum, Wine Club, Gift Shop, Mammarella Wine Bar, Sensory Exploration, Tours