8 Celebs Who Stomp Their Own Grapes
You've seen them on the big screen, you've read about them in the news, and now, after years of waiting, you can finally savor the light, fruity flavors and bouquets of the Jolie-Pitts, one glass at a time.
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Decanter.com reports that Angelina and Brad intend to release the first bottled offering from their Château Miraval winery in France. (The couple had leased the property in 2007, but only recently became its permanent owners.) The rosé, called Miraval, is set to hit shelves in March, with production and distribution being overseen by the renowned Perrin family of winemakers.
"They [the Jolie-Pitts] want to ensure they are making the best Provence wines they can," says winemaker Marc Perrin. "They were present at the blending sessions this year, and are relooking at everything from the installations in the winery … to reworking the labels across the range of wines."
Sounds like a classy operation, but what else were we expecting?
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But for those of us who can't wait to taste the fruits of a celebrity winery, there are plenty of other celebrity-made wines to sample — many of which can be found at your local liquor store. Have a look below.
Francis Ford Coppola
In 1975, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather" trilogy, "Apocalypse Now") purchased 1,560 acres of vineyards (originally part of the Inglenook winery) in California's Napa Valley and began producing wines under the Niebaum-Coppola name. He acquired more of the original owner's land as his fame grew, eventually renaming his tract the Rubicon Estate Winery in 2006. He changed his estate's name (yet again) to Inglenook in 2011 to reflect the land's history.
Actress Drew Barrymore launched Barrymore Wines at the end of 2012, but they currently only offer one Pinot Grigio. "Drew Barrymore has created this wine in honor of her family. Her travels throughout Italy inspired her to create a Pinot Grigio that she enjoys with family and friends," reads the a statement on the company website.
In 1999, musician Dave Matthews purchased the historic Blenheim farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. A year later, the property became the Blenheim Vineyards, which Matthews still currently owns.
"This is not no ghetto Boone’s Farm; this is some real wine,” said rap artist Lil Jon about the selections from his award-winning Lil Jonathan Winery. His wines are reportely produced in California by winemaker Alison Crowe.
Mario Andretti has retired from racing cars, but he's still busy at the Andretti Winery in Napa, California. He first became interested in wine after tasting the local varieties during his travels, and after retiring in 1994, he founded the his very own winery along with Joe Antonini, the former CEO of Kmart.
SNL alum Dan Aykroyd is part owner of winemakers Diamond Estate, which markets its very own line of Dan Aykroyd Wines. He's also one of the developers behind Crystal Head Vodka, which is frequently found behind the bar in a glass skull-shaped bottle.
According to the official website, Mike Ditka Wines were developed specifically for the menu at the beloved football coach's Ditka's steakhouses. He formed a partnership with Bill Terlato, of Terlato Wines, to offer such wines as "The Hall of Famer" Pinot Noir and "The Coach" Cabernet Sauvignon, which are now available at other retailers.
Emilio Estevez planted 800 grapevines on his lawn with the help of Sonja Magdevski, his then-fiancee, and soon renamed the place Casa Dumetz. Several wines are now available for purchase from the Malibu vineyard, which Estevez and his wife largely tend to themselves.