For more than 30 years, Francis Ford Coppola Winery–named for the iconic director who brought us “The Godfather”–has been committed to environmentally responsible business practices.
All 24 planted acres are sustainably farmed and part of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program, and the winery purchases fruit only from growers who farm sustainably.
As part of the CSWP, Coppola has become a learning-teaching vineyard. Every technique implemented is thoroughly documented so that the estate and neighboring Sonoma winegrowers can pinpoint the best ways to protect the land and craft the best wines from these vineyards.
Coppola also is actively involved in the Fish Friendly Farming certification program. While this may seem like a matter totally unrelated to wine, watershed quality management is intrinsically connected to farming the Coppola vineyard because the property includes two blue-line creeks. These creeks are a part of the Russian River watershed that supports steelhead trout and Coho salmon populations.
In conjunction with its neighbors and local, state and federal agencies, Coppola works diligently to promote the overall health of the Russian River watershed so that the entire ecosystem remains in balance and is preserved for generations to come.