The Family Coppola buys foothold in Oregon's Willamette Valley wine region with Vista Hills Vineyard

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Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is making his first foray into the fast-growing Oregon wine business with the acquisition of a vineyard in the Willamette Valley, known for pinot noir.

The Family Coppola, which oversees wine, cinema and hospitality ventures, purchased Vista Hills Vineyard, the company announced Monday. The deal includes the 42-acre vineyard, which is planted to pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay grapes, the Treehouse tasting room and bringing on team members such as Vista Hills winemaker Dave Patterson. Other terms of the sale weren’t disclosed.

The vineyard is located in the Dundee Hills appellation of the valley about an hour southwest of downtown Portland near the suburb of Dayton.

“Coppola has vision, a reputation for taking care of its employees and making beautiful wines, and it’s a family company with great respect for the Willamette Valley,” said David McDaniel, a second-generation owner of Vista Hills. “Although we love the Oregon wine industry, the opportunity to have this property grow to greater heights under the stewardship of such a well-respected company was difficult to pass up. We have no doubt that The Family Coppola will transition well into the region and build upon what we started 22 years ago.”

The Family Coppola’s wine business, which includes Francis Ford Coppola Winery in northern Sonoma County, was the 15th largest U.S. wine company last year, producing 1.7 million cases last year, according to Wine business Monthly.

His parents, John and Nancy McClintock, purchased the property in 1995 and made the first wine there in 2000. The McClintock’s will still live on the vineyard property.

Vista Hills is set to be rebranded early next year, The Family Coppola said. Half the fruit from the vineyard has been sold to wineries Dobbes Estate, Soter, White Rose Wines and Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, according to Vista Hills. Fruit from the vineyard blocks will continue to be crushed and fermented in Willamette Valley.

Confirmed events will continue to be held on the property.

Santa Rosa-based Zepponi & Company was the sellers’ exclusive financial adviser.

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