A Day at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of checking out the ultra sustainable Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma County, CA. With so many fabulous wineries to choose from you might wonder if its worth the stop. I would say, absolutely.

But, the most impressive thing about the Francis Ford Coppola winery is that it is a perfect blend of sustainability and luxury.

Located in Alexander Valley, California, the 24-acre property features two restaurants, a full bar, a wine tasting room, two swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts Pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts.

The first thing I noticed were two electric car charging stations:


The pyramid skylights in their towers feature an environmentally friendly material called Kalwall that reduces the need for artificial lighting which in turn helps conserve energy:

First, we hit the very family-friendly swimming pool

Rustic, the restaurant, features fresh, seasonal ingredients…

…many sourced from the property’s organic herb and produce garden just steps from the restaurant:

Not to mention the vineyards also steps away

And, no day would be complete without a visit to the tasting room…

Photos: Lori Wheeley

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is a former marketing consultant who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn her hand to creative non-fiction. Jennifer continues to write about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for EatDrinkBetter.com and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - follow her on and .