Celebrities operating outside the bright lights of Hollywood can produce mixed results. If you’ve ever heard Steven Seagal’s Songs From the Crystal Caveor watched Shaquille O’Neal play a seven foot genie in Kazaam, you’d be forgiven for being skeptical about celebrity-owned wineries.
But hold your eye rolls. Plenty of celebrities have proved to be fantastic vintners. We’ve gathered a list of five celebrities that own successful wineries for you to check out.
1. Francis Ford Coppola
Probably the most successful of the celebrity wineries. The Godfather director’s eponymous estate produces some of Napa Valley’s most popular and widely available wines.
Coppola continues a generations-old tradition – his grandfather used to make wine in the basement of their family home. Their Diamond Collection wines regularly score over 90 points, while their pricier Reserve range scoops up a few awards every year.
You’ll have to visit their website to get a full view of their output. There’s not enough space in this blog to cover the impressive ten collections they produce.
2. Maynard James Keenan
Whether you’re a fan of Keenan’s prog-metal band Tool or not, you have to admit that he’s a dedicated winemaker. His Caduceus estate located in the unlikely arid desert of Jerome, Arizona, produces some interesting wines.
Keenan’s 2014 ‘Tarzan Red Tempranillo’ was particularly well-received by experts, but there’s a whole range of reds, whites and rosés .
Check out Blood into Wine, a documentary that traces Keenan’s establishment of Caduceus. The film shows how Keenan is bringing Arizona wine to the world stage.
4. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
5. Kyle MacLachlan
MacLachlan doesn’t technically own any wineries. However, he has a partnership with Washington’s Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla (quite the mouthful). And, when it comes to the celebrity-wine crossover it has been a notable success.
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Hat tips to FICG.mx, Piotr Drabik, Gage Skidmore and DoD News for the photographs