We have all become accustomed to seeing big name celebrities show off their wealth through their homes, car, and even private jets, but there are a few stars who spend their money on other endeavors. It may come as a surprise to learn that there are a few celebrities who now own vineyards in various parts of the world. It’s a pretty extensive list, but let’s take a look at 5 who have spent a little bit of their fortunes on glorious grapes.
Francis Ford Coppola – Mr. Coppola’s self-named winery has produced more than 40 different varieties of wine over the year. Located in Alexander Valley in the heart of Sonoma County, the vineyard is home to more than just grapes and wine. There is a performing arts pavilion, a pair of restaurants, swimming pools, a tasting room, and much more, which would lead you to believe that Mr. Coppola is looking to become “The Godfather” of the wine world.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie – The celebrity power couple chose to open their vineyard in the village of Correns in South France. Spread over 1,200 acres, the vineyard is a truly beautiful estate, which is home to some very delicious, award-winning wines. A rose called Chateau Miraval made it onto the Top 100 list put together by Wine Spectator, and it has proven to be a very popular creation indeed, selling out in a matter of hours.
David & Victoria Beckham – The soccer star and the former Spice Girl developed a real love for wine while David was playing for Real Madrid in Spain. When they moved to the USA, David reportedly purchased a small winery in Napa Valley for his wife. This is more of a personal indulgence than a business venture, though, as the Beckham’s apparently have no plans to make their wines available to the general public. They do have a professional staff running the vineyard, but any wines created there are solely for family and friends.
Sam Neill – The Jurassic Park star opened his Two Paddocks winery in New Zealand back in 1993. Since then, he has devoted much of his time to attempting to create the best Pinot Noir in the world. He seems to be edging closer to that goals, as his wines have won a number of awards since the first batch was released in 1999. The feeling is that the wines being produced at Neill’s vineyard are getting better with each passing year, but he may still have a bit of a way to go before they can be proclaimed the best in the world.
AC/DC – The Australian rockers have made millions over the course of their career, and a portion of that fortune was spent on a partnership with Warburn Estate, a very popular winery, in Australia. The wines that are produced come with some rather creative names, with all of them named after AC/DC hits. Examples include Thunderstruck Chardonnay and Back In Black Shiraz.