Inglenook | Napa Valley
Founded in 1879 by Finish sea-captain Gustave Niebaum, Inglenook was Napa’s first estate winery and helped to establish Napa as a world-class wine region. After a chequered history, which included the winery shutting down during prohibition, the estate regained its original reputation for producing very fine wine during the 1940s when it was owned by John Daniel.
In 1975 film director Francis Ford Coppola purchased the majority of the acreage under vine, using his profits from The Godfather films. He named the wines made during his ownership Niebaum Coppola, and in 1995 purchased the totality of the estate. In 2008, Coppola was able to purchase the trademark of Inglenook, and announced that from that moment onwards the wines would all once again be known by their original name of Inglenook.
Philippe Bascaules, of Château Mârgaux became Inglenook's Director of Winemaking in 2016, designing a schedule that allowed him to continue his work at Mârgaux whilst overseeing operations at Inglenook. Bascaules says that his goal is to produce the best possible wines as expressions that faithfully convey the Estate's terroir through "rigour, intellectual honesty, and instinctive passion."
Today, Inglenook remains the largest contiguous estate on the famed Rutherford Bench, one of Napa Valley’s top Cabernet Sauvignon producing areas and is known for making Californian wines which lean towards European traditions.