The origin of this historic winery in Rutherford, California Napa Valley was founded in 1879 when Finnish Captain Gustave Niebaum (1842-1908) founded the "Inglenook Winery" (Inglenook). He had a beautiful castle built in Victorian style. After decommissioning during the American prohibition (1920-1933) the company was reactivated by the widow Suzanne Niebaum. In 1939 the Anwqesen was taken over by the founder-grandnephew John Daniel, whose Cabernet Sauvignon vintage 1940 was apostrophized as at that time best of California. In 1975, the US director Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Eleanor with the considerable profit from his multi-part cult film "The Godfather" about 600 acres of land acquired. The brand name "Inglenook", however, the winery and 40 hectares of vineyards were bought by the beverage company Heublein, the mass wines produced under this label.
After several changes of ownership, the brand "Inglenook" from the year 1994 was in possession of the beverage multis Constellation Brands and from the year 2008 of Wine Group, Under this name were large quantities so-called Value brands or Fighting Varietals (cheap wines of good quality) produced. The wide range includes varietal wines and cuvées of the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay. Chenin Blanc. Merlot. Sauvignon Blanc. Syrah and Zinfandel, Inglenook was one of the five most successful GAMIT designated US wine brands. Due to the sale of the name "Inglenook" to Coppola in 2011 (see below), Wine Group produces these wines under brand names.
For the time being, Coppola called his property "Niebaum-Coppola" and spent 20 years buying back the vineyards of the historic estate and re-establishing it as a winery. Finally, in 1995, the castle, the historic winery and vineyards were finally acquired. His stated goal was, "The best Californian wine in the world Bordeaux style which one should be able to drink even in one hundred years " . From 1978, the meanwhile as cult wine "Rubicon", a red wine from the classic varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot (must 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 matures for three years in French oak and two years in the bottle before it is bottled and put on the market. He 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 brand name "Inglenook" from the Wine Group. It is solely the sole right to use the name as a new name for the winery instead of "Rubicon Estate Winery"; The Coppola winery does not produce any wine called "Inglenook". The flagship "Rubicon" continues to be called that way. Silence has been agreed on the financial terms. At the same time the famous winemaker Philippe Bascaules (21 years at the Château Margaux ) as Estate Manager and Winemaker at the newly renamed "Inglenook Winery". The previously responsible Scott McLeod retired in 2010. The coup was referred to as the "rebirth of a historically significant American winery". Already in 2007, Copolla acquired the former "Château Sovereign" in the Sonoma County, Here is under Francis Ford Coppola Winery a wide range of different wines produced.