Francis Ford Coppola Winery Rides Into Sundance, Oscars

Orson Welles would approve.

It all tracks back to 1975. That’s when Francis Ford Coppola and wife Eleanor bought a portion of the Inglenook Estate vineyard in northern California, launching their wine business three years later. Today, the couple’s vintages pay all sorts of great tributes to the filmmaker’s first industry.

For example, the Director’s Cut line of wines (pictured) features a wraparound label that duplicates the look of an old Zoetrope movie camera film strip. The label is sure to be a conversation point if and when decanted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and 2017 Oscars, for which Francis Ford Coppola Winery is the official wine sponsor.

The winery is one of several third-tier sponsors in Park City this year (a.k.a. Sustaining Sponsors) alongside Canon U.S.A, IMDb, Oculus and others. Speaking of IMDb, a quick check there reminds that Coppola has been nominated 14 times over the years for Oscars, winning five. He also collected the Academy’s most recent Irving G. Thalberg Award, presented for the year 2010.

Another one of Coppola’s wine lines is called Sofia, after his daughter of course. That also ties in nicely to the other strand of the filmmaker’s 1970s alcohol-purveyor beginnings. Dad’s commercial collaboration with Akira Kurosawa in Japan, for Suntory whiskey, was a spark for Sofia’s 2003 film Lost in Translation.

At the Sundance Film Festival, the Coppola winery will have a couple of other notable presences besides those at the bar and dinner table. A short film, Drink in the Moment, will be on intermittent loop at Miner’s Park Plaza, while a commissioned artist will create an over-sized wine cork mural. Festivalgoers can contribute a cork of their own to the installation as the piece evolves, in the Festival Co-op area, over the course of the Jan. 19-29 event.

This is the first year for Coppola wines at Sundance. The company’s deal with the Academy, which encompasses the Governors Ball and was also officially announced this week, is slated to run through 2019.

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Images via: francisfordcoppolawinery.com, sundance.org