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Cliff Richard promotes his wine in Denmark, 2015.
New Zealand actor Sam Neill owns a winery in the Central Otago region of New Zealand.

The trend of celebrities owning wineries and vineyards is not a recent phenomenon, though it has certainly garnered more attention in today's Information Age. In ancient Greek and Roman times, the leading philosophers, playwrights, politicians and generals of the day often owned vineyards for personal use.[1] Usually celebrities have a large amount of wealth accumulated, which makes the significant investment of opening a winery or vineyard negligible.

There are many reasons that celebrities gravitate to the world of wine. Starting a winery or vineyard, as with nearly any business, can offer some tax benefits. Some celebrities, such as the Italian-American director Francis Ford Coppola, come from a family with a long history of winemaking. Some, such as the British singer Cliff Richard, have been lifelong wine enthusiasts and enter the wine industry in order to do something that they enjoy. Others like the challenge of a new enterprise. Some celebrities enter the wine industry simply because they can.[2]

While some celebrities, such as the American actors Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, British association football star David Beckham and his wife Victoria Beckham, own vineyards and wine estates solely for personal use, some celebrities leverage their name recognition as a selling tool in the wine industry. Today celebrity-owned wineries can be lucrative business endeavors. In 2007, Nielsen research of supermarket wine purchases showed that sales of celebrity wines were up 19% over previous years.[3]

Types of celebrity involvement[edit]

American musician Dave Matthews owns a winery in Virginia.

Celebrities have different degrees of involvement in their wineries and vineyards. Nearly all of them partner, in some form of collaboration, with a winery or winemaker who is already established in the industry. An example of this is retired American football player Joe Montana, who partnered with longtime Beringer winemaker Ed Sbragia to make their joint venture wine Montagia. While Sbragia oversees most of the viticultural and winemaking tasks, Montana is involved in deciding on the overall "vision" of the wine and participates in tasting and blending trials.[2]

Similarly, the celebrity may own their own "wine brand" which is produced with their collaborating winery instead of owning a physical winery or wine estate itself. An example of this is the brand Mike Ditka Wines, owned by former American football coach Mike Ditka. The wine is produced in partnership at the physical winemaking facilities of the Mendocino Wine Company. While it could be described as a "winery", technically Mike Ditka Wines is a "wine brand" owned by Ditka, who participates in blending and tasting trials.[4] Other celebrities, such as French actor Gérard Depardieu, are very active in both the production and business dealings of the winery. Depardieu, who owns wineries in several countries across the globe, even has his passport listing his occupation as vigneron.[2]

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi owns two vineyards that sell grapes to California producers.

Some celebrities may only have "legacy" attachments to the wines that bear their names. One example is the Gallo wine brand MacMurray Ranch, which uses some grapes grown on a California ranch that was once owned by the American actor Fred MacMurray. Under his ownership, the ranch was dedicated mostly to raising horses.[5] After MacMurray died, his family sold most of the land to the Gallo family, and has little connection to the wine brand.[3]

Another "legacy" celebrity who was more intimately connected with the winery that now carries his name was the American actor Raymond Burr. Burr bought the ranch with his domestic partner and planted grapevines for wine production before he died in 1993. His partner, Robert Benevides, renamed the estate after Burr and continued making wines featuring his name.[6]

Some celebrities lend their names to a winery for a special one-time wine production. Mexican-American musician Carlos Santana partnered with the Champagne house G.H. Mumm to create a sparkling wine in 2005 titled Santana DVX.[7] While Santana helped select the final blend and received royalties for the use of his name and image, he doesn't particularly "own" the brand nor does he continue to be involved in the wine industry.

American musician Bob Dylan participated in a similar arrangement with the Italian winery Fattoria Le Terrazze. Dylan gave permission for the winery to use his name, likeness and album art to create a wine that pays tribute to his 1974 album Planet Waves.[8] In 2007, American entrepreneur Martha Stewart announced a collaboration with the American winery Gallo to produce value-marketed wines to be sold at Kmart, which also featured her Martha Stewart Living line of housewares.[9] In 2009, British chef Gordon Ramsay allowed a Bordeaux winery to use his name, without royalties, to celebrate the release of their 10th vintage.[10]

List of celebrities[edit]

Below is a partial listing of celebrities who own commercial wineries, wine brands or vineyards. This is not a listing of a celebrities who only own vineyards for private use.

Celebrity Winery/vineyard Location Notes Reference
Stephen Amell Nocking Point Wines Walla Walla, Washington Columbia Valley wines; co-owned with Walla Walla natives Kevin Zinter and Andrew Harding [11]
Mario Andretti Andretti Winery Napa Valley, California Founded winery with Joe Antonini, CEO of sponsor Kmart during final eight years of CART career (1987–94) [3]
Frank Arciero Arciero Family Vineyards Paso Robles, California Also owns EOS Estate Winery in Paso Robles. Owned racing teams that featured Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney and Michael Andretti [12]
Francisco J. Ayala


Dan Aykroyd Dan Aykroyd Wines Ontario, Canada
Antonio Banderas Anta Banderas Ribera del Duero, Spain


Drew Barrymore Carmel Road Italy In partnership with Carmel Road Winery [15]
Lidia Bastianich Bastianich Winery Friuli, Italy Collaboration with son and Italian restaurateur and author Joe Bastianich [16]
Mario Batali La Mozza Tuscany, Italy Collaboration with Italian winemaker and author Joe Bastianich [7]
Drew Bledsoe Doubleback Wine Walla Walla Valley, Washington Collaboration with Washington winemaker Chris Figgins of Leonetti Cellars [17]
Carole Bouquet Sangue d'oro Sicily, Italy [18]
Lorraine Bracco Bracco Wines Tuscany, Italy Produces wines from several Italian wine regions [7]
Kevin Buckler Adobe Road Wines Sonoma County, California [12]
Valeri Bure Chateau Boswell Winery Napa Valley, California In partnership with his wife, actress Candace Cameron [19]
Raymond Burr Raymond Burr Vineyards Dry Creek Valley, California Established by the late actor in 1986; currently run by his partner [7]
Jonathan Cain delaCain Vineyards Sonoma County, California Collaboration with California winemaker Dennis De La Montanya [20]
Al Bano Carrisi Al Bano Carrisi Winery Cellino San Marco, Apulia, Italy
Gerald Casale The 50 by 50 Napa Valley, California [21]
Richard Childress Childress Vineyards North Carolina [22]
Les Claypool Claypool Cellars Russian River Valley, California [23]
Bruce Cohn B.R. Cohn Winery Sonoma County, California Cohn was manager of The Doobie Brothers. [7]
Francis Ford Coppola Rubicon Estate Winery Napa Valley, California Renamed Inglenook in 2011 [3]
Gérard Depardieu Chateau de Tigne Anjou, Loire Valley, France Also owns vineyards in Bordeaux, Languedoc, Algeria, Argentina, Morocco, Spain, Sicily and the United States [3]
Ron W. and Diane Miller Silverado Vineyards Winery Napa Valley, California Owned by Ron Miller, who was married to Walt Disney's daughter until her death in 2013, and their children. [7]
Mike Ditka Mike Ditka Wines Mendocino County, California Collaboration with the Mendocino Wine Company


Dave Del Dotto Del Dotto Vineyards Napa Valley, California In 2007, experimented with fermenting wine in amphorae [25]
E-40 Earl Stevens Selections California [26]
Ernie Els Ernie Els Wines Stellenbosch, South Africa Collaboration with Ernie Els Vineyards [3]
Emilio Estevez Casa Dumetz Malibu, California [27]
Nick Faldo Nick Faldo Wines Coonawarra, Australia Collaboration with Katnook Estate [28]
Guy Fieri Hunt & Ryde Winery Sonoma County, California Named after sons, Hunter and Ryder. [29]
Elías Figueroa Vinos Don Elías Maipo Valley, Chile First celebrity-owned winery in Chile & South America, established 1999 [30]
Mick Fleetwood Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar Lake County, California Collaboration with Langtry Estate and Vineyards [20]
Peggy Fleming Fleming Jenkins Vineyards and Winery Santa Cruz Mountains, California Founded with her husband, Greg Jenkins [3]
Fergie Ferguson Crest Santa Ynez Valley, California [31]
David Ginola Coste Brulade Côtes de Provence, France In partnership with the Coste Brulade co-op at Puget-Ville [32]
Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Wines Napa Valley, California Collaboration with August Briggs Wines [7]
Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Estates Winery Niagara Peninsula, Canada Collaboration with Peller Estates [33]
Terry Hoage Terry Hoage Vineyards Paso Robles, California University of Georgia football player, owner, winemaker, viticulturist [34]
Mick Hucknall Il Cantante Sicily, Italy Collaboration with Italian winemaker Salvo Foti [7]
Andrés Iniesta Bodega Iniesta Fuentealbilla, Spain [35]
Günther Jauch Weingut von Othegraven Mosel (wine region), Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany Vineyard a listed cultural heritage site [36]
Maynard James Keenan Caduceus Cellars Verde Valley, Arizona Also owns Merkin Vineyards in Arizona [37]
John Lasseter Lasseter Family Winery Sonoma County, California [7]
John Legend LVE - Legend Vineyard Exclusive Napa Valley, California Legend Vineyard Exclusive is a partnership with Raymond Vineyards.[38] [39]
Randy Lewis Lewis Cellars Napa Valley, California [12]
Lil Jon Little Jonathan Winery Central Coast, California Collaboration with California winemaker Alison Crowe


Jack London, Estate of Jack London Winery Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, California Operated by the Shepards, descendants of London's sister Eliza Shepard


Nigel Lythgoe Villa San-Juliette Paso Robles, California Co-owner with Ken Warwick [42]
Luis Miguel Viña Ventisquero - Unico Maipo Valley, Chile Collaboration with Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes Del Campo [43]
Kyle MacLachlan Pursued by Bear Wine Columbia Valley, Washington Collaboration with Washington winemaker Eric Dunham


Madonna Ciccone Vineyard and Winery Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan Collaboration with her father Silvio "Tony" Ciccone [45]
Dan Marino Vintage 13 Marino Estates California [34]
Dave Matthews Blenheim Vineyards Charlottesville, Virginia [46]
Rick Mirer Mirror Napa Valley Napa Valley, California Kirk Venge winemaker
Joe Montana Montagia Wines Napa Valley, California Collaboration with Ed Sbragia, former winemaker of Beringer Wines [7]
Mickey Morandini Second Base Wines Cooperstown, New York Collaboratrion with Pat Burrell [3]
Dave Mustaine Mustaine Vineyards Fallbrook, California [47]
Jim Nantz The Calling California Collaboration with winemaker Peter Deutsch [48]
Vince Neil Vince Neil Vineyards Sonoma County, California [3]
Sam Neill Two Paddocks Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand [49]
Olivia Newton-John Koala Blue Wines South Australia Founded in 1983 with business partner Pat Farrar [7]
Greg Norman Greg Norman Estates South Australia and California Collaboration with Beringer Blass [3]
Graham Norton Invivo Wines Marlborough, New Zealand Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc, collaboration with Invivo Wines in 2014 and 2015 [50]
Arnold Palmer Arnold Palmer Wines California Collaboration with Luna Vineyards


Jacques Parizeau Coteau de l'Élisette Languedoc, France [51]
Fess Parker Fess Parker Winery Santa Ynez Valley, California Was featured in the movie Sideways [3]
Robert M. Parker, Jr. Beaux Freres Vineyards & Winery Willamette Valley, Oregon Co-owns winery with brother in law. To avoid a conflict of interest with his wine rating publication The Wine Advocate, Parker delegates the task of rating Oregon wines to another associate. [52]
Nancy Pelosi Zinfandel Lane Vineyard St. Helena, California Also owns Skellenger Lane Vineyard in Napa Valley. Pelosi sells her grapes to other California winemakers instead of producing her own wine. [7]
Andrea Pirlo Pratum Coller Vineyard Coller, Trentino, Italy Vineyard purchased in 2007 in his father's hometown. Produces Merlot amongst others. Family historically owned vineyards in the same area. [53]
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Chateau Miraval Provence, France Bought winemaking estate in 2012. Consult with Marc Perrin. [54]
Carmen Policy Casa Piena Yountville, California [7]
Jason Priestley Black Hills Estate Winery Okanagan, British Columbia The British Columbia born actor is a co-owner in the estate


Cliff Richard Adega do Cantor Algarve, Portugal Collaboration with Quinta do Miradouro [7]
Savanna Samson Savanna Samson Wines Tuscany and Lazio, Italy Her first wine Sogno Uno is a red blend consisting mainly of the obscure Italian grape variety Cesanese. [56]
Boz Scaggs Scaggs Vineyard California [57]
Cathy Schembechler Bo Schembechler Wines California Named after her late husband, former University of Michigan American football coach Bo Schembechler [34]
Brian Schmidt Maipenrai Vineyard and Winery Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Owns and operates the winery with his wife. Nobel prize winner and vice-chancellor of the Australian National University. [58]
Tom Seaver Seaver Vineyards Napa Valley, California [7][59]
Michael Seresin Seresin Estate Marlborough New Zealand [60]
Ramona Singer Ramona Singer Veneto, Italy Pinot Grigio [61]
Tommy Smothers Remick Ridge Vineyards Sonoma County, California [3]
Alex Spanos SpanosBerberian Winery Napa Valley, California Also owns Bell Wine Cellars in Yountville [12]
Sting Tenuta il Palagio Tuscany, Italy [62][63]
Train Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. Livermore Valley, California Collaboration with Concannon Vineyard. Named after the band's fifth album. [64]
Jarno Trulli Podere Castorani Abruzzo, Italy [65]
Donald and Eric Trump Trump Winery Charlottesville, Virginia Owned by Donald Trump and run by his son Eric. [66]
Dick Vermeil Vermeil Wines Napa Valley, California Collaboration with OnThEdge Winery [12]
Eric Wareheim Las Jaras Wines With Joel Burt [67]
Mark Warner Ingleside Vineyards Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace AVA, Virginia Grows grapes and makes privates label with Ingleside's owners and winemaker [68]
Mike Weir Mike Weir Wine Niagara Peninsula, Canada [7]
Sigurd Wongraven Luca Roagna Piemonte, Italy The front figure of black-metal band Satyricon has also launched other brands including an organic Champagne cuvée produced by Baron-Fuenté. [69]
Charles Woodson Charles Woodson Wines Napa Valley, California [34]
Yao Ming Yao Family Wines Napa Valley, California [70][71]

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