At these 11 celeb-owned vineyards and wineries, you can sip fine wines with a side of stardom.
Celebrities are busy people. I mean, they’re celebrities for gosh sakes; they’re famous for a reason! They put themselves out there for the world to see their talent(s) and, for the most part, their talents have gotten them pretty far. But, don’t forget: celebrities are PEOPLE as well. As a matter of fact, they’re just like us! OK well maybe not JUST like us (I don’t own a winery, do you?), but they have favorite pastimes just like we do (I like badminton). These 11 celebrities happen to be pretty big fans of vino and, believe it or not, they’ve opened wineries.
I need not remind you that Twin Peaks’ Special Agent Dale Cooper loves a hot cup of joe, but did you know he also enjoys a nice Syrah? The Golden Globe-nominee partnered with winemaker Eric Dunham to build a vineyard in Washington–Pursued by Bear—in 2005. According to the vineyard’s website, MacLachlan says he acquired a taste for wine in the 1980s and, because of the business’s location, he’s able to visit hometown and family often.
The three-time Golden Globe nominee is pretty outspoken (and clearly passionate) about his wine business in Central Otago, New Zealand–Two Paddocks–on social media, oftentimes including figurines of adorable animals next to pictures of his wine and merchandise. His branding is inspired and cute as all get-out, and we’d love to get our hands on a bottle of his most recent Pinot! The vineyard is open to the public and if you decide to become a member of the Private Paddock, you get exclusive access to private wine tastings and vineyard/farm tours.
Yas, queen! The former Black Eyed Peas singer/songwriter is also the owner of Ferguson Crest–a 6-acre winery in Santa Ynez, California, founded by her and her father in 2006. While the vineyard isn’t open to the public, the family does have “The Crest Club”, where members receive bottle shipments in the Fall and Spring and access to limited edition bottles autographed by the artist herself, among a list of other benefits.
Husband of Chrissy Teigen (oh, and pretty decent musician) John Legend owns the Napa Valley-based LVE–Legend Vineyard Exclusive. It’s part of a partnership with Raymond Vineyards. With over 300 acres of grapes in its repertoire, Raymond Vineyards offers multiple tours and experiences, like a “Blending Room,” where each visitor can craft his/her own red wine.
I mean, of course she would—Madonna has numerous ventures outside of her entertainment career. Based in Michigan, Ciccone Vineyard & Winery (located in Sutton’s Bay, Michigan) has 14 acres full of vines and is a collaboration between Madonna and her father. The winery hosts tasting groups and regularly-scheduled events like the annual Traverse City Wine and Opera Festival and the Harvest Stompede, a 7-mile run through vineyard rows.
The Irish talk show host loves a nice libation–as evidenced by the casual vibe of his program where each of his guests usually has a drink in their hands–so it may not be a total surprise that he partnered with Invivo Wines to make a Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough, New Zealand. While the New Zealand brand doesn’t have a public space, it began offering its wines in the U.S. last May.
OK, she’s perhaps not a celebrity in the traditional sense, but I still found it surprising that the former U.S. Speaker of the House and current Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives owns two vineyards in California! Actually, the venture(s) have proven to be very profitable.
Do you reckon Drew Barrymore has had 50 First Dates at Carmel Road Winery, where she has her own signature line of wine? I wonder if there’s any Poison Ivy abound (I hope not). Surely, Everyone Says I Love You to her after they visit. A trip to the property may be Going the Distance, but I’m sure it’s worth it! Sorry, I’ll stop. The vineyard is located in picturesque Monterey, California, just inland from the coast. If you’re a wine-lover and you’re in California, a weekend trip to this oasis is a must.
Who you gonna call if you’re in Ontario and looking to tour a vineyard? Dan Aykroyd at Dan Aykroyd Wines, that’s who! The Ghostbusters actor is passionate about wine, so he teamed up with his favorite winemakers at Diamond Estates to “create a series of regionally inspired and modestly prices wines that represent the best of each terroir.”
Sure, he’s a singer/songwriter, but he’s also the founder of Blenheim Vineyards, so put that in your glass and drink it. Located 20 miles southeast of Charlottesville, Virginia, the rustic vineyard opened (to the public) in 2000 and was personally designed by Matthews and craftsman William Johnson to be as environmentally-friendly as possible.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Mr. and Mrs. Smith went all out when they purchased the sprawling Miraval Provence in 2008, which also served as the destination for their wedding ceremony in 2014. Unfortunately, the property, which is tucked away in an ancient village, is not open to the public. Also, news of the vineyard’s ownership has become unclear now that the couple is separated.