What do you do when you’re a celebrity looking for new ways to spend your fortune? You buy a Vineyard, of course. Wine is becoming increasingly popular in the world of fame, with a rising number of A-listers getting actively involved in the wine industry. Let’s take a look at 5 celebrity owned vineyards you never knew existed.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, Château Mirava, South France
Whilst this couple have now split up, their vineyard lives on! Based in the south of France on a 1,200 acre haven in the village of Correns, you can find the ex-couples £119 million vineyard. Purchased in 2011, the vineyard has produced some award winning wines such as the rosé, Miraval. The wine, which was was voted one of Wine Spectator’s top 100 wines in 2013, sold out within five hours. Recently, the ex-couple have been going through a court battle over the ownership of the Vineyard – yikes!
Sting and Trudie Styler, Il Palagio, Italy
Message in a wine bottle. Sting and his wife, Trudie, have also stepped in to the world of vineyards. The estate, Villa Il Palagio is located in Italy, sitting in the picturesque province of Florence, Tuscany. The 900 acre estate is home a whole host of stunning features. Including, a 16th-century villa and swimming pool, 12 acres of vegetable gardens, 80 bee colonies, olive groves, and several small lakes. What a dream! The celebrity couple often name their wines after popular tracks such as ‘Message in a bottle’ and ‘Roxanne’. It has been the summer home for Sting and Trudie’s growing family for the last two decades, and the setting for many of their intimate parties, private concerts and anniversaries.
David and Victoria Beckham, Napa Valley, California
David and Victoria Beckham developed a thirst for good wine whilst Beckham was playing for Real Madrid in Spain. The Vineyard was gifted to Victoria by Beckham for her 34th birthday back in 2008. The Californian based winery was bought shortly after Becks started playing for the MLS side LA Galaxy. Earlier this year, the couple won planning permission to build a giant super cellar, housing 3000 bottles of wine! You’d be hard-pressed to get your hands on one of the Beckham’s bottles. When the couple started to getting their wine on, they decided to keep it exclusive. Saving the bottles only for themselves, friends and family.
Madonna, Ciccone Vineyard & Winery, Michigan
Wine goes by, so slowly. Yeah that’s right – International superstar Madonna also has a Vineyard. Recently, the star took five of her kid’s to the Vineyard to celebrate her Dad’s 90th birthday. Madonna saved the vineyard in 2004 when she gave a lump sum of $900,000 to save her dad’s winery, persuaded by her now ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, who said he couldn’t be without Ciccone’s 2002 Dolcetto and Pinot Noir. Two wines which happened to be produced by her dad, Ciccone. Since then she was made a major shareholder of the winery due to her generosity to the cause.
Sir Cliff Richard, Adega do Cantor, Algarve, Portugal
Sir Cliff has known and loved the Algarve for over 60 years. His idea to plant a vineyard at his property Quinta do Moinho provided the genesis point for the Vida Nova range of wines. Cliff Richard is very much involved in producing the wine. When in Portugal he can often be seen in the winery and his vineyard. Sir Cliff’s vineyard sits at the top of the Quinta do Miradouro, surrounded by stunning views of the coastline in the south of Portugal. The Vineyard’s name, ‘Adega do Cantor’, translates to ‘Winery of the Singer’. A well deserved title with Cliff selling over 250 million records worldwide.
We wonder who will be next to get involved in the lavish world of celebrity owned vineyards! If you’d like to find out more about what it is we do at Club Vino, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!