Actor Dan Aykroyd is making quite a name for himself in the celebrity wine business, having partnered up with Canada's Diamond Estate Wines in 2005. Since then, Aykroyd has launched his own signature line of wines, the Discovery Series. And yes, the line does include a wonderful Icewine! Aykroyd says he has a 'passion' for fine wine and hopes to continue to offer high-quality vino selections for years to come.
Celebrity rockers can also be celebrity wine moguls. Maynard James Keenan (lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle) is a prime example. Keenan's family has a background in wine making, and he's following suit. He owns the Merkin Vineyards and the Caduceus Cellars outside of Sedona, Arizona. In 2010, 'Blood Into Wine,' a documentary about Arizona wine making that includes detailed information about Keenan's journey, was released.
Add pro golfer Ernie Els to the growing list of celebrity athletes who are heavily involved in the wine business. Els began his venture into wines in 1999 and rapidly expanded, opening his Ernie Els Winery in South Africa in 2004. His Ernie Ells Wines, which include six South African reds, continue to be top sellers. Oh, and if the Winery sounds familiar, you might be a fan of the ABC reality show 'The Bachelor.' In 2011, bachelor Brad selected his bride-to-be, Emily, during the finale filmed at the estate.
Actor Fess Parker may have played such American icons as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, but he was a true pioneer in the celebrity wine industry. In 1987, Parker and his wife purchased a massive ranch in California's Santa Ynez Valley, where the actor eventually established his winery and vineyard. Parker died in 2010, but his legacy certainly lives on: His children are involved in the day to day operations of the award-winning vineyard and the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa in nearby Los Olivos, California.
Golfer Greg Norman is definitely a wine impresario. His Greg Norman Estates collection of Australian wines is a big seller worldwide. Since it's introduction in 1999, 'The Shark's' portfolio has continued to expand. Today, Norman offers not only his Australian wines, but also a collection of several California wines.
Several celebrities' estates are raking in big money for wines, including Paul Newman's "Newman's Own" line. The legendary late actor's company is producing a variety of different wines made from grapes in California vineyards, including the Napa Valley and Sonoma. Today, Newman's Own offers a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Pinot Grigio.
Yes, you read that correctly. Actress Lorraine Bracco is big in the celebrity wine business. In 2004, this former 'Sopranos' star introduced Bracco Wines. All of her wines are made from Italian grapes from different regions throughout the country. Bracco has said that her background in wine comes, in part, from her years of living in France.
French actor and filmmaker Gerard Depardieu is no stranger to the wine business. In the mid-1990s, Depardieu teamed up with famed winemaker Alain Paret after he tasted one of Paret's white wines during a dinner. A partnership quickly formed - one that continues to this day. Depardieu also owns the Chateau Tigne vineyard in France's Loire Valley, producing a variety of Loire wines and more. That's not all. Oh no. Depardieu owns vineyards in Bourdeaux, Argentina, Spain and the U.S.
This Top Chef winner's wine project came about via Club W, a wine club and retail website that launched a program to pair winemakers with artists. Voltaggio's wine, made with winemaker Chris Pittenger, is called Rust, and is an orange grenache blanc.
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