In recent years, more and more celebrities are launching their own wine portfolios. From celebrity athletes to actors and directors, the list is growing ever longer with each passing year. Celebrity wines are varied, and global. Some wineries are located in the U.S. and others are in such faraway lands as Italy and Australia. Read on to learn more about some of the most notable celebrity wines on the market today.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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. see more on Fess Parker