Francis Ford Coppola hasn’t directed a movie since 2015 (something called Distant Vision) or a good movie since 1992 (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, don’t @ me), but the Hollywood icon has kept plenty busy as a wine maestro in his semi-retirement.
The 78-year-old first entered the wine business in 1975, pre-Apocalypse Now, when he and his family purchased the Gustave Niebaum vineyard in Napa County. Since then, he has snatched up other California wineries (Inglenook, Virginia Dare) and built a home base in Sonoma (Francis Ford Coppola Winery), cranking out solid vinos (such as the Bordeaux-like Archimedes and the Eleanor Red Blend) while his kids and nephews (like Sofia Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Nicolas Cage) carry on the family name, sort of, in Tinseltown.
But a legend never rests on his laurels, which is why Coppola is continuing to add to his portfolio by branching out into spirits. The Family Coppola’s first stab at small-batch, house-crafted vodka, gin, and brandy will hit select liquor stores and restaurants this month. (And they will hopefully join the small group of celebrity-made spirits that you actually want to keep in your liquor cabinet.)
The collection is called Great Women Spirits, named for the decorated ladies in Coppola’s lineage: Francis’s wife (Eleanor), daughter (Sofia) and granddaughter (Gia) are all accomplished filmmakers, and presumably terrific inspirations for some classically styled spirits.
“My mother, sister, wife, daughter, and granddaughters have all inspired me, as have all of the incredible women we celebrate with Great Women Spirits,” Coppola said in a press release. “We all know well the great men of history, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon and so on. I can think of as many women who distinguished themselves at that level in the fields of politics, science, mathematics and philosophy, so my choices and reasons for this collection are very personal.”
The first three bottles in the Great Women line include Maria Gaetana Agnesi 1799, an American brandy that’s aged for five years; Countess Walewska, a Polish premium vodka; and Ada Lovelace Gin, which contains botanicals from Coppola’s Napa home. The spirits are also proofed with water from that’s filtered through lava rock at the base of an old, inactive volcano on the estate.
Expect an official launch on October 10 at Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco.