20 Musicians Who Own Wineries
1. Zac Brown, Z Alexander Brown Wines, Northern California
Country star Brown owned a restaurant prior to starting his band and is a long-time wine enthusiast. He and his winemaker partner John Killebrew released their first two vintages in January 2016.
2. Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson, Ferguson Crest Winery, California
In 2006, Fergie and her viticulturist father Pat Ferguson founded Ferguson Crest in the Santa Ynez Valley, California, with the help of winemaker Joey Tensley.
3. Sting, il Palagio Estate Wine, Italy
While il Palagio had been growing grapes since the 1500s, Sting and his wife Trudy took over and restored the estate in 1999. Along with wine they sell their own olive oil and a line of flavoured honeys at their estate farm shop in the Tuscan countryside.
4. Les Claypool, Claypool Cellars, California
“Fancy booze for semi-fancy folks” is the slogan for Claypool’s wine offering. He and his friends deciding to produce a small wine of their own in a literal backyard shed operation, and after the initial success, the pair brought in some expert assistance and eventually launched Claypool Cellars which debuts no more than a single wine at a time.
5. Gerald Casale, The 50 by 50, California
American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, commercial and music video director, and vintner. He came to prominence in the late 1970s as co-founder and bass player of the new wave band Devo.
6. Luis Miguel, Viña Ventisquero, Chile
A collaboration with Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes Del Campo, the Puerto-Rican born, Mexican singer and icon in Latin America is widely regarded by many as the most successful artist in Latin American history.
7. Boz Scaggs, Scaggs Vineyard, Napa Valley
Scaggs first moved to the Napa Valley in 1996 and was soon planting vineyards and making for friends and guests on his and his wife’s property. It became a commercial venture with the help of noted winemaker Ken Bernards.
8. Mick Hucknall, Il Cantante, Sicily
Hucknall began his winemaking adventure helping a friend restore a vineyard in Sicily. With local Etna winemaker Salvo Foti, Il Cantante (the Singer) produces traditional Sicilian wine from the slopes of the Etna volcano.
9. Carlos Santana, Mumm Napa Santana Series Sparkling Wine, California
Santana has been collaborating with Mumm Napa since 2005 to create a collection of sparkling wines with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Milagro Foundation, a publicly supported foundation he and his family began in 1998.
10. Smothers Brothers, Remick Ridge Vineyards, California
Folk muso Tom first purchased vineyards in the ‘70s with his grandfather, and with brother Richard created Smothers Brothers Wine. Soon after they changed the name to Remick Ridge (Remick was their mother’s maiden name) and have been producing organically certified wine ever since.
11. Dave Matthews, Blenheim Vineyards, Virginia
Matthews originally purchased the land that Blenheim Vineyards resides on in 1999 to preserve the historical nature of the site. After restoring the farm and vineyards and bringing them up to organic growing standards, Matthews handed the vineyard management to his viticulturist brother but still acts as owner of the vineyards and winery.
12. Mick Fleetwood, Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar, California
Fleetwood isn’t hugely active in the wine process, but the range of wines produced and done to his palette. The wines created have won awards, particularly “Best Wine” from a Wall Street Journal blind tasting of over 50 celebrity wines.
13. Cliff Richard, Adega do Cantor, Portugal
Richard had long owned a property and vineyard in Algarve region of Portugal before expanding to a full-blown winery which has since won numerous awards.
14. Jonathan Cain, de la Cain Winery, California
Keyboard player with with Journey, Cain is also a noted wine lover. In 2006, Cain partnered with winemaker Dennis De La Montanya and two years later opened a full-blown winery in northern California, de la Cain Vineyards & Winery.
15. Maynard James Keenan, Caduceus Cellars, Arizona
The frontman of Tool and A Perfect Circle, Keenan is an excellent winemaker whose grandparents made wine in Northern Italy. Named after the staff of Hermes and symbol of commerce, Keenan’s Caduceus Cellars is located in Arizona.
16. Lil Jon, Little Jonathan Winery
Produced from a partnership with winemaker Alison Crowe, the idea for the partnership came about because the rapper had been making his own wine to serve at his parties as a small hobby.
17. John Legend, Raymond Vineyard LVE Collection, California
Legend’s collaboration with Raymond Vineyard has produced the LVE (Legend Vineyard Exclusives) Collection is made from grapes sourced from the Napa Valley.
18. Dave Mustaine, Mustaine Vineyards, California
The Megadeath guitarist is working with the South Coast Winery and is naming each release after a Megadeth song.
19. Vince Neil, Vince Neil Vineyards, California
Mötley Crüe singer Neil has created his line of wines that includes a cabernet sauvignon and a chardonnay. Neil decided to venture into vino because of his passion for good wine.
20. Sigurd Wongraven, Luca Roagna, Italy
The front man of Norwegian black-metal band Satyricon has also launched other brands including an organic Champagne cuvée produced by Baron-Fuenté.