Francis Ford Coppola moves into spirits with new rangeBy Nicola Carruthers
Director and winemaker Francis Ford Coppola has made his first foray into spirits with the launch of a vodka, gin and brandy inspired by “unique and remarkable” women throughout history.
Great Women Spirits launches with three spirits: American brandy Maria Gaetana Agnesi 1799 Aged 5 Years Old, Countess Walewska Premium Vodka, and Ada Lovelace Gin.
The range is inspired by “unique and remarkable” women including Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Countess Maria Walewska and computer programmer Ada Lovelace.
Each spirit is made with spring water from Coppola’s Inglenook property in Napa Valley. The water is naturally filtered through lava rock at the base of an inactive volcano.
Paying homage to English-style gins, Ada Lovelace Gin contains 10 botanicals, including roses and lemons from the Coppola family’s Napa home.
Coppola, who operates the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in California, launched the range after securing a craft spirits license. He also plans to expand the range in the near future.
“My mother, sister, wife, daughter, and granddaughters have all inspired me, as have all of the incredible women we celebrate with Great Women Spirits,” said Coppola.
“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.”
Great Women Spirits will officially launch on Ada Lovelace Day on October 10 at Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco. It will be available in select restaurants and retailers.