Francis Ford Coppola’s Archimedes Vineyard
In 2006, Francis and Eleanor Coppola purchased what would eventually become known as Francis Ford Coppola Winery, marking their initial foray into Sonoma County winemaking. After an extensive two-year renovation that began in 2008, Francis reintroduced his eponymous Geyserville winery in July 2010.
In April 2017, the Coppolas made their first major vineyard acquisition with the purchase of a 100-acre parcel in the Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak American Viticultural Area.
The purchase included the high-elevation, 13-acre Silverwood Vineyard, an ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec producing vineyard whose fruit has contributed to Coppola’s highly-acclaimed flagship Archimedes wine for several vintages. The Coppolas purchased the property from Silverwood Ranch owners Barry and Jackie Hoffner, who’ve been considered some of the pioneers of the distinguished AVA, and have been instrumental growers in the Coppolas’ vast grapegrower portfolio for years. The purchase was the first step in the winery’s strategic shift to focus on vineyard acquisitions, selecting parcels and vineyard blocks that reflect the county’s distinctive terroir and heritage.
Since Coppola has been sourcing Silverwood Vineyard fruit for Archimedes for years, Francis renamed the lot Archimedes Vineyard, paying homage to his uncle for whom the wine is named. Francis’s “Uncle Archie” was named after the legendary mathematician and inventor known for developing the Archimedes heat ray, a device that takes advantage of the sun’s rays – made famous during the Siege of Syracuse, which is depicted on the wine’s label.
The winery has consistently shown success as a premium wine producer, having received critical acclaim for many of its wines, including Archimedes, whose recent scores include 94+ from critic Robert Parker.
Planted in 2005, the vineyard encompasses 13 acres including 10 1/2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 2 1/2 acres of Malbec. The vineyard blocks are mostly on gentle hillside of Southwest orientation, including 5 x 8 spacing, with drip irrigation fed from a large 30 acre/ft. pond filled by natural springs. The vineyard encompasses one Merlot block and five distinct blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, each with different soil profiles, allowing us to design for optimal placement of rootstock and clone combinations. The vineyards are all planted on the Sonoma County side of Pine Mountain with their own micro-climate protected from the strong winds and cold weather by a high elevation ridge above the vineyard.