Celebrities and wine business

miravalRecently, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s Provence rosé “Miraval” was victim of forgery in Asia. The actors and the Perrin family (co-owner of the brand) decided to develop counterfeit protections to avoid duplications of their wine. The famous couple purchased the 1,200-acre estate and winery Château Miraval  in 2012 in the South of France, throwing themselves in the wine business.

A chance for us to take a look at the long list of celebrities who are also involved in it.

In fact, you might not know it but “Brangelina” are not the only stars who want to be winemakers.

The singer Sting and his wife Trudie Styler own an 900-acre estate Italian vineyard near Florence: Il Palagio. Their organic and biodynamic wines are named after Sting’s song, like “Sister Moon”.

The football player David Beckham bought his wife Victoria her own winery in the famous Napa Valley in California for her 34th birthday. Unlike Pitt-Jolie, the Beckham only produce wine for their own use.

Also known as a true oenophile, the film director Francis Ford Coppola decided to invest in wine in the Alexander Valley, California. Among other wines, the “Francis Ford Coppola winery” produces a rosé called after his daughter Sofia.

Coppola

But buying a winery is not the only way to make wine. Thus, in 2012 the actress Drew Barrymore teamed up with the Californian winery Monterey to produce a Pinot Grigio. The wine was called after her: the Barrymore 2011 Pinot Grigio.

France Depardieu

We couldn’t end this post without talking about Gérard Depardieu, known to be an enthusiastic wine drinker after he claimed he could drink 14 bottles a day… (don’t try this at home!). The French (now Russian) actor bought the Château de Tigné (Anjou, France) in 1989. He since has acquired other wine estates in Bordeaux and abroad.

This is of course a non-exhaustive list to which we can also add the billionaire Donal Trump or the actor Antonio Banderas. Whether celebrities own a winery or just a brand, we believe it’s a pretty smart way to invest their money!

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