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List of famous winemakers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top winemakers in the world? This includes the most prominent winemakers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable winemakers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic winemakers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned winemakers.

Items include everything from Gérard Depardieu to Maynard James Keenan.

From reputable, prominent, and well known winemakers to the lesser known winemakers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the winemaker field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous winemakers ever?" and "What are the names of famous winemakers?" then you're in the right place. (94 items)

Fess Parker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Fess Parker Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. was an American film and television actor best known for his portrayals of Davy Crockett in the Walt Disney 1955–1956 TV mini-series and as Daniel Boone in a television ...more

Gérard Depardieu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Gérard Depardieu Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu is a French actor, film-maker, businessman and vineyard owner. He is one of the most prolific character actors in film history, having completed ...more

Maynard James Keenan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American progressive metal singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for ...more

Gary Conway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Gary Conway Gary Conway is an American actor and screenwriter. Conway was born Gareth Monello Carmody in Boston, Massachusetts. His most notable credits include a co-starring role with Gene Barry in the ...more

Joe Bastianich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Joe Bastianich Joseph "Joe" Bastianich is an American Restaurateur who, along with partners Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali, owns thirty successful restaurants worldwide, including Babbo and Del ...more

Vincenzo Florio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Vincenzo Florio Vincenzo Florio, Jr. was an Italian industrialist in the wine industry of Sicily, famous for establishing the Targa Florio race.

Tareq Salahi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Tareq Salahi Tareq Dirgham Salahi is an American former vintner, public official, and television personality. He and ex-wife, Michaele, gained national notoriety in November 2009 by crashing a White House ...more

Jess Stonestreet Jackson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Jess Stonestreet Jackson, Jr. Jess Stonestreet Jackson, Jr. was an American wine entrepreneur, lawyer and self-made businessman. He started the Kendall-Jackson wine business with the family's 1974 purchase of an 80-acre pear ...more

Ferruccio Lamborghini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Ferruccio Lamborghini Ferruccio Elio Arturo Lamborghini was an Italian industrialist. Born to grape farmers from the comune of Renazzo di Cento in the Emilia-Romagna region, his mechanical know-how led him to enter ...more

Robert Mondavi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Robert Mondavi Robert Gerald Mondavi was a leading California vineyard operator whose technical improvements and marketing strategies brought worldwide recognition for the wines of the Napa Valley in ...more

Robert Todd Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Robert Todd Williams Robert Todd Williams was an actor, winemaker and entrepreneur.

Jim Barrett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Jim Barrett James L. "Jim" Barrett was the owner of Chateau Montelena which won the Chardonnay competition of the 1976 Judgment of Paris wine tasting. Barrett first purchased the winery with Ernie ...more

Alexis Lichine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Alexis Lichine Alexis Lichine was a Russian wine writer and entrepreneur. He played a key role in promoting varietal labelling of wine, was a masterful salesman of wine, and owned Château ...more

David Lett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
David Lett David Lett was the founder and winemaker for The Eyrie Vineyards in the U.S. state of Oregon. He was a pioneer in the Oregon wine industry. Lett grew up in Utah and studied dentistry in ...more

Michael Seresin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Michael Seresin Michael Stephen Seresin, ONZM BSC, is a New Zealand cinematographer, best known for several collaborations with the British director Alan Parker. As a film director, Seresin directed Homeboy, ...more

Paul Draper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Paul Draper Paul Draper is a California winemaker who has been the chief winemaker at Ridge Vineyards in California since 1969. Without any formal training in winemaking, Draper first gained recognition for ...more

James Donald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
James Donald James Donald was a Scottish actor. Tall and thin, he specialised in playing authority figures. Donald was born in Aberdeen, and made his first professional stage appearance in the late-1930s, ...more

Francis Wishart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Francis Wishart Francis Wishart appeared in the Forbidden Forest documentary film.

Jean Hugel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Jean Hugel Jean "Johnny" Frederic Hugel was an Alsatian wine producer, described by wine expert Tom Stevenson as "the single most important person in the development of Alsace wine industry ...more

Michel Rolland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Michel Rolland Michel Rolland is an influential Bordeaux-based oenologist, with hundreds of clients across 13 countries and influencing wine style around the world. "It is his consultancies outside France ...more

Thomas Quiney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Thomas Quiney Thomas Quiney was the husband of William Shakespeare's daughter Judith Shakespeare, and a vintner and tobacconist in Stratford-upon-Avon. Quiney held several municipal offices in the corporation ...more

Mike Grgich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Mike Grgich Mike Grgich is a Croatian American winemaker in California. He was born into a winemaking family in the town of Desne on Croatia's coastal region of Dalmatia. He is notable for being the ...more

Jim Clendenen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Jim Clendenen Jim Clendenen is a winemaker and the owner of Au Bon Climat, a winery based in Santa Maria, California. According to Au Bon Climat's website, Clendenen began his winemaking career working at ...more

Hans Irvine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Hans Irvine Hans William Henry Irvine was an Australian vigneron, winemaker, and politician.

Richard Gregory Trott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Richard Gregory Trott

Sir David Graaff, 3rd Baronet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Sir David Graaff, 3rd Baronet Sir David de Villiers Graaff, 3rd Baronet, was a South African businessman and owner of De Grendel Wine Estate. The son of Sir De Villiers Graaff, 2nd Baronet, he was born in 1940, after his ...more

Jean-Francis Pécresse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Jean-Francis Pécresse

Bo Barrett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Bo Barrett Bo Barrett appeared in the Somm documentary film.

Al Bano Carrisi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Al Bano Carrisi Albano Carrisi, better known as Al Bano, is an Italian singer, actor, and winemaker.

Peter Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Peter Lehmann Peter Leon Lehmann AM, was an Australian wine producer based in the Barossa Valley.

Benjamin Ingham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Benjamin Ingham Had nephew, John Whitaker. At the beginning of the 1800s, two Englishmen, encouraged by the success of Woodhouse, entered the history of Marsala: Benjamin Ingham and his nephew John Whitaker who ...more

Yiannis Boutaris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Yiannis Boutaris Yiannis Boutaris is a Greek businessman, politician and current mayor of Thessaloniki. In 2012 he was chosen as 'the best mayor of the world' for the month of October, by the City Mayors ...more

Aaron Pott is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Aaron Pott Aaron Pott is a winemaker. Upon graduation from the University of California, Davis, he took a position at Newton Vineyard in Napa Valley. He left Newton for a position as head winemaker at ...more

Georges Duboeuf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Georges Duboeuf Georges Duboeuf is the founder of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, one of the largest and best-known wine merchants in France. The company is known especially for its popularization and production of ...more

Jean-Rémy Moët is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Jean-Rémy Moët Jean-Rémy Moët was a French vintner and wine merchant who helped bring the Champagne house of Moët et Chandon to international prominence. He inherited the house from his ...more

Max Schubert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Max Schubert Max Schubert AM was a pioneering Australian winemaker who is best known as the creator of Grange Hermitage. Schubert was included in the Sydney Morning Herald's 100 most influential Australians ...more

Claude Moët is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Claude Moët Claude Moët was a French vintner and wine merchant who founded the Champagne house that later became Moët et Chandon. Moët was the first winemaker in Champagne to exclusively ...more

Trevor Drayton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Trevor Drayton Trevor Drayton was an Australian winemaker, frequently described as an "icon" of the Australian wine industry. Drayton's Wines have been in the industry since 1853. First educated at ...more

Ntsiki Biyela is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Ntsiki Biyela Ntsiki Biyela is a trailblazing black South African winemaker at Stellekaya Winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She rose through the ranks of a traditionally white, male industry to become ...more

Felix Feodosidi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Felix Feodosidi Felix Feodosidi was born July 31, 1933 in Kislovodsk. He is one of the oldest wine makers in Ukraine, Honored Worker of viticulture and winemaking of Crimea, an activist of the local Greek

Sidney Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Sidney Smith

Peter Gago is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Peter Gago Peter Gago is a British- Australian winemaker and author, and the current custodian of Penfolds Grange, possibly the best known Australian wine. He was born in Newcastle, England, where he lived ...more

Samuel Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Samuel Smith Founder of Yalumba Wines

Jeff Fischer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Jeff Fischer Jeff Fischer is an American voice actor known for his work in commercials, cartoons, and video games. Since 2005, he has eponymously provided the voice of an American Dad! character based on ...more

Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov Founder of the Smirnoff Vodka empire His business included importing wines and spirits from France, Spain and Portugal into Russia.

Peter Smirnov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Peter Smirnov

Vladimir Smirnov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Vladimir Smirnov Some time after nationalization of Smirnoff in Russia, Vladamir Smornov, who had moved to Poland in 1905, sold the right to the ingredients (in 1933) to Rudolph Kunett (a north american jew), ...more

John Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
John Whitaker Nephew of Englishman Benjamin Ingham in the 1800's.

Heidi Barrett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
Heidi Barrett Heidi Peterson Barrett is a winemaker who has been responsible for some of California's most notable cult wines, including Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle Vineyards, Paradigm Winery, Grace Family ...more

André Tchelistcheff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Winemakers
André Tchelistcheff André Tchelistcheff was America's most influential post-Prohibition winemaker. Tchelistcheff is most notable for his contributions toward defining the style of California's best wines, ...more