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Rubicon Estate - Inglenook

1991 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94574
(707) 968-1100

Tasting:   Open daily 10 to 5pm
$25 for tasting
Tour included with tasting fee
  Estate library, museum & wine caves
Price Range:   $15 to $140 per bottle
Established:   1975
VIP Tasting:   Yes

Rubicon Estate - Inglenook Description

In 1880, a wealthy sea captain named Gustave Niebaum purchased 86 acres in Rutherford and began building the wonderful Inglenook Château and winery. Gradually more land was acquired, and after numerous changes of ownership, Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Eleanor purchased 1,560 acres of the estate. In the French tradition, they joined their name with the original owner, naming the property the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery. In 1995 Coppola purchased the remainder of the original estate, including the famous Château that has now been fully renovated after years of decline, and eventually changed the name to Rubicon Estate Winery. In 2011 the name has been changed back and is known again as, Inglenook.

The wine experience at Inglenook is like no other. In 2006, a VIP-visitor-experience program began that personalizes each guest’s experience at the estate. Visitors are greeted curbside by complimentary valet service, and led down a red carpet beneath an intricate trellis system by a personable staff member. You are escorted to the main vine-covered Chateau, where a newly constructed grand staircase is the dramatic centerpiece of the entry hall. There a third staff member formally welcomes you, and the touring and tasting program is outlined.

For a $25 fee you will be able to sample five estate wines, take the historical tour, and have access to the Chateau, the estate wine library and the centennial museum and exhibits. There are a number of other regularly scheduled tasting and touring options including cave tours, sensory programs, and private wine experiences.

The spacious and inviting tasting room highlights the original sandstone rockwork, along with elegant large display cases filled with unique gift items from all over the world. Dark wooden columns support the ceiling, and rich oriental rugs adorn the floors. Small tasting tables covered with white tablecloths are available, lit by exquisite overhead chandeliers. The multiple tasting counters are as elegant and refined as the dark-vested tasting room staff. There is also a more leisurely tasting experience at the Mammarella Wine Bar on the other end of the Château; here you can relax in a setting reminiscent of a European café, with a beautiful outdoor courtyard and fountain.

The flagship wine uses organically farmed Cabernet Sauvignon and other classic Bordeaux grapes sourced from the estate vineyards. Also produced are Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, a predominantly white Rhone blend and Zinfandel.

Rubicon Estate - Inglenook Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Historic Features
Cabernet Sauvignon
Gift Shop - Special
Tours Available
Private Tasting
Event Space
RV & Limo Friendly
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pvcnova, Chicago
We took a tour of the mansion which was very impressive. The tasting room is beautiful. The wines were so-so - not my favorite. The best part of the visit - by far - was relaxing on the front lawn grounds next to the vines. I would go again with a first-time visitor to Napa but probably wouldn't go back on my own.

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harryk, Glendale
I am a member of the Inglenook society. I am a fan of the wine but not of the winery.The service my friends and I received upon our last visit to the winery was appalling. Eight of us were members, and our memberships could collectively accomodate up to forty eight people according to their guidelines. They charged us $1400 and scammed us out of the membership sign up bonuses. I was promised by a DAVID GATES, one of the managers, that my group would be refunded up to 50% of the charges. Several phone calls and messages later, I realized that his promises were empty. He made those promises at the winery just to resolve the issue temporarily. Basically the service was terrible, and the managers were scam artists who are ripping off us loyal customers. I'm not sure if this is the norm at this winery but if this continues the winery will quickly loose a lot of its costumers.

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Reds are us
A very impressive winery worth seeing just for the winery. The reds we tasted were very good the Cabs were the best (we bought some)

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Fancy Pants
Wino, Sacramento
Valet service at at winery! Very fancy set up here with regal environment. The warren of tasting rooms in the old stone winery was very impressive. A bit pricey to get in and we felt a little self conscious with all the grandeur. The wines were very good and we did buy some and will come back to impress our friends.

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