Plenty of treasures to be found at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery
It feels kind of strange to suggest that you do a little shopping at a winery, but I am going to do just that. Yes, you can shop for wine. Grappa too. Even more impressive though are the two stories of goods you can browse through, all intermixed with movie memorabilia. This is the winery of a famous director after all.
Now if you have never heard of Francis Ford Coppola before, you have obviously been living under a rock for most of your life. If you don’t know him, you should at least know his daughter Sophia, but really people, The Godfather. If you don’t know that movie than you really just need to go back to school and learn the important things in life. I was lucky enough to have a dad who was into film. I’ve seen The Godfather, Dracula and plenty of other films Coppola directed, as well as Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, which were directed by his daughter. You will see the infamous Godfather desk on the second floor of the shop, and one of the Tucker cars that was used in the film. Although I’m a total movie geek, it was everything that you could buy that had me roaming through the Francis Ford Coppola Winery gift shop at least twice during my weekend visit to Geyserville, CA.
Coppola’s wife Eleanor plays a big part in what shows up on the shelves. Obviously the movies and the movie paraphernalia, along with the Francis Ford Coppola Winery merchandise is there, but Eleanor loves to source unique items on her travels. I lusted after a $1400 antique ferris wheel that I swear I could have fit on my mantle somehow. It was only about 3-4 feet tall. There were gorgeous hats, scarves, jewelry, Pinocchio toys, dishes, swim wear, antique cameras, new cameras, journals, matching sugar and creamer sets, and even a pencil sharpener that looks like an old brownie camera available for purchase. Yes, I bought the pencil sharpener. I couldn’t help it! It went perfectly with my antique camera collection (yes, I have one of those too.) I did not bring home the $250 carry-on leather suitcase though. Sigh. The beauty of this shop is that there is plenty that the average person can afford, but more than enough to aspire to buy one day to keep you coming back. For now I will simply sip my Viogner and stare at my pencil sharpener as I think about that suitcase and hat I left behind.
Details: Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA 95441
About Window Shopping. This is the stylish part of Walking On Travels that will give you ideas for your next shopping adventure with or without your kids. For many of us, we loved checking out the local shops before we had kids, but we forgot about ourselves after the baby was born. It is time to reignite those stylish tastes and get excited about what is out there to be looked at and enjoy, no matter where we are in the world.
If you have a favorite shop you discovered during your wanderings that you would like to share, please be in touch. I’m always looking to highlight the best local shops.