As the popularity of wine has increased over the years, that has lead to a hike in prices for the finer wines that may only be purchased, traded, and talked about, but never consumed. The folks who can afford to purchase these wines, some of them celebrities in their own right, have gone into ownership of their own wineries and vineyards to be able to produce their own vintages.
Some would treat it as any other business and make use of them for tax benefits; others for their personal usage or to be involved with something they enjoy.
Celebrities can have various roles and degrees of involvement in their wineries and vineyards. Most partner with wineries or winemakers that are already established. Other famous people prefer make their own brand as a collaboration instead of owning one themselves. In addition, celebrities occasionally lend their name to a winery for a one-time wine production.
Here’s a list of ten celebrities that own commercial wineries, wine brands, or vineyards.
1. Dan Aykroyd
Actor and comic Aykroyd is in charge of Dan Aykroyd Wines located in Ontario, Canada. He also produces a Sonoma County, California, series of wines.
2. Antonio Banderas
Actor Banderas owns Anta Banderas in Robera del Duero, Spain.
3. Drew Barrymore
Actress Barrymore owns Barrymore Wines, located in the Triveneto region of Italy, and is a collaboration with wine importer Wilson Daniels.
4. Emilio Estevez
Actor Estevez owns Casa Dumetz in Malibu, California.
Fergie, singer with the Black Eyed Peas, owns Ferguson Crest in Santa Ynez Valley, California.
6. Jeff Gordon
Professional stock car racing driver Gordon owns Jeff Gordon Wines in Napa Valley, California, in collaboration with August Briggs Wines.
7. Wayne Gretzky
Former ice hockey star Gretzky runs No. 99 Estates Winery in Niagara Peninsula, Canada, which is a partnership with Peller Estates.
8. Lil John
Rapper Lil John operates Little Jonathan Winery, located in Central Coast, California. He operates it in collaboration with California winemaker Alison Crowe.
Singer Madonna has a winery called Ciccone Vineyard and Winery in partnership with her father, Silvio “Tony” Ciccone. It’s located in Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan.
10. Dave Matthews
Rock singer Matthews owns Benheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia.
These celebrities not only own wineries, vineyards, or wine brands, but can also afford to have their own wine cellars, high-end accessories, and top-of-the-line wine glasses. Consumers don’t have to own expensive wine glasses and accessories at the level of the type of glassware celebrities might use; your glasses can be affordable and just as nice when purchased from an online retailer.