Director and vintner Francis Ford Coppola gives T+L the scoop on his Francis Ford Coppola Winery, in Sonoma, California, and his soon-to-open Palazzo Margherita, in Basilicata, Italy (coppolaresorts.com).
What’s on the menu at the winery? It’s a family resort, but with no hotel. You can swim, play bocce, see movie memorabilia, and eat at Rustic. The menu has all my favorite things: for meat, we have an Argentine parrilla grill. For dessert, there’s a cream puff with a cannoli filling my mother used to make. And to drink, our Archimedes Cabernet or caipirinhas.
And what about Palazzo Margherita? The villa is an 1870 palace on a hilltop in the village of Bernalda, just 15 minutes from the sea. It’s luxurious, but step outside and you’re in an authentic Italy filled with history.
What does the villa look like? Jacques Grange designed it; the 12 palatial rooms with frescoed ceilings are all named for family members. I especially love the one named after me, which overlooks a walled garden.
Will there be a restaurant? Of course, and it will feature local specialties: roasted pig, salamis, puréed chickpeas with bitter greens, and other vegetables that even people in Rome have never heard of. It’s a culinary adventure.
David A. Keeps is a contributor to Travel + Leisure.