Celebrities who produce wine on the side

By: Vaniitha Jaiin, On: October 7, 2015

Here’s a list of ‘star’ wines that are drawing a lot of attention

When it comes to films stars or rock stars or sports stars, they don’t restrict their passions to the big screens or stages or football fields. An increasing brigade of celebrities are actively involved in producing grapey concoctions.

Francis Ford Coppola - Rubicon Estate Winery
Apart from making gritty gangster movies filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is a great at making wine. In 1975 he bought Inglenook estate to partner with then owners to make world-class wines. Initially, it was called Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery and now it is Rubicon Estate Winery. The filmmaker also owns Francis Ford Coppola winery in Geyserville, California. Through the two wine outfits the he produces nearly 40 wines.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt - Miraval Rose
In 2012 the power couple bought a vineyard, Chateau Miraval in Correns, the first organic village in France, and in partnership with a French winemaking family have been producing their first wine - a fruity and summery pale pink Miraval Rose.

Kurt Russell - GoGi Wines
Kurt Russell, who fell in love with the idea of winemaking on family trips to Europe, actually learnt the art of making and producing wine. He owns a vineyard in California, USA, and through his label GoGi Wines has a range of white and red wines.

Sam Neill - Two Paddocks
Sam Neill, more popular as Dr Alan from Jurassic Park series, owns several plots in Central Otago in New Zealand that cultivates and produces Pinot Noir wines. His dream is to make the world’s best Pinot Noirs. Two Paddocks also produces Riesling wine.

Antonia Banderas - Ribera Wines
Spanish actor Antonio ‘Zorro’ Banderas is fifty per cent stake holder of Anta Bodegas, a Spanish wine-making firm. It is now re-titled as Anta Banderas, which is located in north of Madrid, Spain. His brand produces a line of Spanish wines – reds and rose - under the label Ribera Wines.

Sting and Trudie Styler - Il Palagio 
Musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler own an Italian vineyard in Florence. Il Palagio, the 900-acre wine estate produces nearly 30,000 bottles of biodynamic and organic vintage wines. Some of them share titles with the singer-songwriter’s greatest hits like Message In A Bottle, Sister Moon, When We Dance and Casino Tract.

Dave Mathews - Dreaming Tree Wines
Musician Dave Mathews owns Blenheim Vineyards located in Charlottesville, Virginia. He teamed-up with New Zealand winemaker Sean Mckenzie and together they launched Dreaming Tree Wines that produces value-for-money quality white and red wines.

Andrea Pirlo - Pratum Coller Vineyards
Italian footballer grew up helping grape harvesting as a kid and years later he converted his passion for wine making into a business. He owns Pratum Coller Vineyards near Brescia in Italy that makes two red wines, a rose and a white wine.

Let’s hope these wines taste half as good as the celebrities’ original passions!

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