Through The Grapevine
Dan Aykroyd. Arguably one of the most discriminating celebrity wine lovers, the comedian has a long-standing and impressive knowledge and passion for wine. He is the owner of Dan Aykroyd Wines in Canada, and also produces a Sonoma County, California series. He launched his “Discovery” and “Signature Series” labels in 2007.
Antonio Banderas. Another well-known wine historian and connoisseur, the actor owns Anta Banderas Winery & Vineyards, which produces high quality wines through his own vineyards in the heart of Ribera del Duelo, Spain.
Chef Mario Batali. The familiar television personality and restaurateur has owned the Tuscany-based La Mozza Winery with partners Joe and Lidia Bastianich since 2000. Their 90 acres produce the lush cherry fruit, a signature of the label.
Francis Ford Coppola. Perhaps the most famous celebrity winemaker, the “Godfather” director purchased substantial vineyard property in 1975. Recently, he merged the Niebaum-Coppola and Inglenook wineries under the “Rubicon Estate” title. His “Sofia” wines are named after his successful director daughter.
Wayne Gretzky. The Canadian ice hockey legend established his winery in 2007. Based on the Niagara Peninsula, the Wayne Gretzky Estate wines have received many accolades since their first release.
Madonna. Planted in 1996, her Ciccone Vineyard consists of 14 acres planted in Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Dolcetto, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat, Malbec, Foch and DeChaunac.
Dave Matthews. Based in Virginia, Matthews’ family has owned the Blenheim Vineyards & Winery since 1999. The family purchased the land to preserve Blenheim’s historical significance and to eventually farm the land. The family made the decision to plant new grape vines on the remnants of an old vineyard on the property and currently produces 5,500 cases annually.
Celebrity Wine Brands
Many celebrities own their own “wine brand” which is produced with a collaborating winery instead of owning a physical winery or wine estate.
Drew Barrymore. A comparative newcomer to the wine business, the actress is enthusiastically working with Decordi, a large northern Italian winery. Her iconic name and family crest adorn her Pinot Grigio delle Venezie bottle.
Mike Ditka. The famous Chicago Bears coach owns the brand “Mike Ditka Wines” produced in partnership at the physical winemaking facilities of the Mendocino Wine Company. Ditka participates in blending and tasting trials.
Bob Dylan. His Italian red wine “Planet Waves” is made by Fattoria Le Terrazze ii and named for the singer/songwriter’s 1974 album. A blend of Montepulciano and Merlot, it is offered in a bottle signed by the legend.
Joe Montana. Retired football player Joe Montana has 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 participates in tasting and blending trials.
Carlos Santana. In 2005, the Mexican-American musician partnered with Champagne house G.H. Mumm to create the sparkling wine “Santana DVX.” He helped select the final blend and received royalties for the use of his name and image, but is not involved in the wine industry.