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The Associated Press reports that film director Francis Ford Coppola’s wine company, The Family Coppola, has acquired the Vista Hills Winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley - its first acquisition outside California, where the company has operations in both the Napa Valley and Sonoma.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to the story, “the timing of the acquisition during harvest season means there won't be a 2018 Vista Hills wine … Instead, this year's harvest will be released under a new, Coppola-developed brand yet to be revealed.” That brand will be unveiled in 2019.
KC's View:
I’m a Coppola fan, so I sort of like the idea that he’ll have a vineyard about 30 miles from where I spend my summers in Portland, Oregon, and just minutes from Carlton Cellars, one of my favorite wine operations in Willamette Valley.

My only concern is that this will be the beginning of the Napafication of the Oregon wine business, in which it becomes more about tourism and less about wine. But maybe I’m just being grumpy.