Did you know that somewhere along the way you have bought wine from a celebrity winery? Sometimes its news to us, too! For future reference, here’s a list of 14 of the best wineries involved with your favourite celebrities!
Wineries Owned by Musicians
While il Palagio has been growing grapes since the mid-1500s, Sting and his wife Trudy took on this project in 1999, restoring the estate and surrounding land as it had suffered from years of neglect. The winery and estate, set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, produce four different wines with regional varietals, three of which are named after Sting’s own music (A Message in a Bottle, Sister Moon, and When We Dance).
While no stranger to the food industry, owning a restaurant prior to starting his band, Brown is relatively new to the wine scene. The wine series named Uncaged feature a 2013 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2013 North Coast Proprietary Red Blend. Their aim with these two releases was to capture quality of California’s North Coast vines.
This two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter is no stranger to the wine industry with two different wineries under his belt. In 2000, Matthews opened Blenheim Vineyards in the heart of the Monticello AVA in Charlottesville, Virginia. Matthews continued his wine adventures on the opposite coast, establishing Dreaming Tree Wines in collaboration with winemaker Sean McKenzie. Their wine lineup features 5 offerings of Californian and Central Coast varietals.
Growing up in the Los Angeles area, the vocalist for the Black Eyed Peas watched her father create magic in their backyard in the form of fruit trees and vegetable gardens. In 2006, the father-daughter duo founded Ferguson Crest in the Santa Ynez Valley, California. The family-run winery boasts organic, sustainable growing practices and offers a premium selection of wines that capture the essence of Santa Barbara County fruit.
Rock legend, musical pioneer, and one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Santana has been collaborating with Mumm Napa since 2005 to create a collection of sparkling wines with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Milagro Foundation, a publicly supported foundation he and his family began in 1998. This collaboration has raised $500,000 to benefit underprivileged children in the areas of education, health and the arts.
Highly-accomplished Grammy-and-Oscar winning R&B singer-songwriter, Legend has made a huge impression on the music world in a relatively short period of time. Now he’s attempting to make an impression on the wine industry with his collaboration with Raymond Vineyard. The LVE (Legend Vineyard Exclusives) Collection is made from grapes sourced from the Napa Valley and currently offers a 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2014 Chardonnay.
Wineries Owned by Actors
Actress. Model. Fashion Designer. Author. Producer. Businesswoman. Powerhouse. Now, she can add winemaker to her impressively extensive resume. In collaboration with Carmel Road Winery, Barrymore worked with winemaker Kris Kato to create Barrymore Wines Pinot Grigio, the first release from this partnership. Finding a passion for wine through her own personal travels and pulling inspiration from her family, Barrymore created this Monterey grown vintage.
No stranger to Hollywood, Russell began as a child star in the late 1950s and his impressive acting career spans multiple decades. In his travels through some of the world’s best wine regions in France, Italy and California, Russell developed a passion and love for wine. This love would translate into his desire to craft his own wines, which he would go on to do in Santa Rita Hills in northern Santa Barbara County. With the help and tutelage of Peter and Rebecca Work of Ampelos Cellars, he was able to create GoGi Wines where he is involved in almost every aspect of the wine-making process.
Another veteran actor with decades worth of work under his belt, Neill began his winery Two Paddocks in 1993. Located in Central Otago, New Zealand, the winery prides itself on being family run and focuses on producing high-quality Pinot Noir, with a little Riesling thrown in for good measure. Neill’s goal when he began was to create good Pinot Noir or at least something that was drinkable. Two Paddocks is also focused on creating ecologically friendly wines, and two of the vineyards, Red Bank and Last Chance Paddock, have achieved organic status.
One of the most well-known directors of our time, Francis Ford Coppola is no stranger to the Hollywood crowd, but he’s also a big player in the California wine industry. Producing wines out of Sonoma County in California, Francis Ford Coppola Winery produces nine different wine brands, over 40 different wines and a plethora of choice for wine drinkers.
Wineries Owned by Professional Athletes
True to his Canadian roots, the majority of the Great One’s great wines come from Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario and the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Wayne Gretzky’s wines are made with approachability, affordability and exceptional value in mind.
After retiring from the racing circuit in 1994, Mario Andretti put his energy into his Napa Valley winery with winemaker Bob Pepi, one of the most respected winemaking experts in the United States. Putting the same enthusiasm he put into championship racing, Andretti set out to achieve that same standard of excellence in his wines.
Located on the Beamsville Bench in Niagara, Weir opened his estate winery in 2005. The profits from his wines go towards the Mike Weir Charitable Foundation, helping children with physical, emotional or financial needs. In 2014, Mike Weir Wines opened their new Winery Retail & Hospitality Center, a beautiful, modern place to sample some of the excellent wines and take in the breathtaking view of the vineyards.
Now officially retired from the NBA, Dwyane Wade has shifted his focus to Wade Cellars, his winery based out of California. Currently, they have three offerings (available online to the public), a Cabernet Sauvignon, a California Red Blend and a Rosé.