The origin of this historic winery in Rutherford, California Napa Valley is in 1879 when the Finnish captain Gustave Niebaum (1842-1908) founded the "Inglenook Winery" (Inglenook = fireplace corner). He had a beautiful Victorian castle built. After decommissioning during the American prohibition (1920-1933) the business was reactivated by the widow Suzanne Niebaum. In 1939, the application was taken over by the founding grandnephew John Daniel, whose Cabernet Sauvignon was born in 1940 as the best in California at the time. In 1975, US director Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Eleanor acquired around 600 hectares of land with the considerable profit from his multi-part cult film “The Godfather”. The brand name "Inglenook", however, the winery and 40 hectares of vineyards were bought by the beverage company Heublein mass wines produced under this label.
After several changes of ownership, the "Inglenook" brand was in the possession of the beverage company from 1994 Constellation Brands and from 2008 by Wine Group, Large quantities were so-called under this name Value brands or Fighting variety shows (good quality, inexpensive wines). The wide range includes single-varietal wines and cuvées of the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay. Chenin Blanc. Merlot. Sauvignon Blanc. Syrah and Zinfandel, Inglenook was one of the most successful five as GAMIT designated US wine brands. Due to the sale of the name “Inglenook” to Coppola (see below) in 2011, Wine Group produces these wines under other brand names.
Coppola initially called his property "Niebaum-Coppola" and spent 20 years buying back the vineyards of the historic property and re-establishing it as a winery. It was only in 1995 that the castle, historic winery and vineyards were acquired. His stated goal was to “have the best California wine in the world Bordeaux style to make, which you should still be able to drink in a hundred years' . From 1978 onwards it was called cult wine designated "Rubicon" produces, a red wine from the classic varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot (may not with the "Rubicon" of the South African Meerlust Estate be confused). Only the very best selected grape material is used for the wine. The red wine is aged for three years in French oak and two years in the bottle before being bottled and put on the market. It is characterized by a deep dark, almost black color and a bouquet of mint. This wine gave the company its new name "Rubicon Estate Winery" in 2006.
In April 2011, Coppola announced that he had acquired the Inglenook brand from the Wine Group. It is exclusively the sole right to use the name as a new name for the winery instead of "Rubicon Estate Winery"; No wine called "Inglenook" is produced by the Coppola winery. The flagship “Rubicon” continues to be called this. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial terms. At the same time, the famous wine maker Philippe Bascaules (21 years with Chateau Margaux ) as estate manager and winemaker at the newly renamed "Inglenook Winery". The previous responsible Scott McLeod retired in 2010. The coup was described as the "rebirth of a historically significant American winery". Copolla acquired the former "Château Sovereign" in 2007 Sonoma County, Here is under Francis Ford Coppola Winery produces a wide range of different wines.