Celebrity Watchers: Celebrities Who Own Wineries

vineyardAttention celebrity watchers: Check out this list of wineries owned by celebrities.

Many celebrities will go into wine industry as a partner with someone who is already a wine maker or winery owner. Some famous people are more “hands-on” and participate in the day-to-day activities of wine production.

 
Drew Barrymore Wines
Drew Barrymore, actress, producer, and director has recently entered the wine business. Her first wine was a Pinot Grigio featuring her family crest on the label. Celebrity watchers are sure to give her wine a taste. As of now, there is not a tasting room for sampling her wine.


Andretti Winery - Celebrity WatchersMario Andretti – Andretti Winery
Race car driver, Mario Andretti established his Napa Valley winery in 1996. The Italian style winery is a fun stop on a Napa wine tour even for people who aren’t celebrity watchers. It’s an Italian style design and a good place to stop for wine tasting.
Address: 4192 Big Ranch Rd., Napa, CA
Telephone: (707) 259-6777
Open daily 10AM – 4:30 PM


Raymond BurrRaymond Burr – Raymond Burr Vineyards
Famous for his long-lasting role as “Perry Mason”, Raymond and his partner, Robert Benevides planted grapes at their estate in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley in 1986. As the vineyards entered their prime, he was able to watch the harvest in 1992, but died a few days later. Robert named the vineyard after Raymond and continues making wines on the estate.
Address: 8339 W. Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, CA
Telephone: (888) 900-0024
Open daily 11AM – 5PM


Francis Ford Coppola WineryFrancis Ford Coppola
Movie director, Francis Ford Coppola comes from a family with a history of wine-making. His winery in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley is a destination by itself. In addition to wine tasting visitors can dine at the winery either at the pool-side cafe or the restaurant, Rustic. There are swimming pools, cabine rentals for privacy, a movie gallery, gift shop, bocce ball, board games, and a variety special events. It’s worth visiting!
Address: 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA
Telephone: (707) 857-1400
Winery open 11AM – 9PM – Wine tasting 11AM – 6PM


Mike Ditka Wines
Football Hall of Fame player and Coach, Mike Ditka, collaborates with Mendocino Wine Company. They produce his unique lineup of five distinct wines. These wines include a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot. He also has a well reviewed blend called Kick Ass Red.
Address: 501 Parducci Rd., Ukiah, CA
Telephone: (707) 463-5350
Open daily 10AM – 5PM


Casa Dumetz WinesEmilio Estevez – Casa Dumetz
Emilio tends the vineyards. His fiance, Sonja Magdevski, is the wine maker. The Pinot Noir vineyard is planted in the backyard of their Malibu home. They are passionate about producing quality wine. Emilio is an American actor, director, and writer. He’s well-known for being a member of the Brat Pack of the 1980s. He is the son of Martin Sheen. His wine tasting room in in the charming town of Los Alamos.
Address: 388 Bell St., Los Alamos, CA
Telephone: (310) 735-7397


Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar
Mick Fleetwood, drummer and co-founder of the band, Fleetwood Mac, produces limited quantities of quality wines. He collaborates with Langtry Estate and Vineyards in Lake County, California. Langtry has a tasting room in Lake County that is definitely worth a visit.


Jeff GordonJeff Gordon Collection Wines
Four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Jeff Gordon, collaborates with August Briggs, owner of Briggs & Sons Winemaking Co. of Calistoga to produce his collection of wines. Wines include Pinot Noir, Rose of Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Wine lovers and celebrity watchers can purchase wine on the website or at Buffalo’s Shipping Post in Napa.


Arnold Palmer Wines
Golf legend, Arnold Palmer, began collaborating with Luna Vineyards in Napa to produce Arnold Palmer wines in 2003. Their premium wines are served in high-end restaurants, resorts, and wine shops throughout the United States. You can also purchase wines on their website. Wines include Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.


Thomas Seaver – Seaver Family Vineyards
This National Baseball Hall of Famer was a pitcher for the New York Mets (and a few other teams as well). He is still the Mets’ all time leader in wins. He is widely recognized as one of the top starting pitchers in the history of baseball. After retiring from baseball, he became a television commentator. He and has wife live in Calistoga. This is where they began their own winery in 2002. It is a small winery producing top quality wine. There is no tasting room, but wine can be purchased from their website.


Charles Woodson – TwentyFour Wines
Charles Woodson is an cornerback for the Green Bay Packers. He has formerly played with the Oakland Raiders. This former Heisman Trophy winner, is one of football’s great players. As a current player in the NFL, he is not allowed to publicly endorse his wines. Ten dollars from every bottle of TwentyFour Wines is donated to charity. Wines may be ordered online. A word of caution to celebrity watchers: This high-end wines are not inexpensive!


Celebrity Watchers Alert: If you have been to any of these wineries owned by celebrities, please tell us about you experiences.

Amazing California Wine Tours

Don’t waste your time on a boring wine tour!

california wine toursBook amazing California wine tours at tour companies where the guides are knowledgeable, friendly, and dedicated to making sure you have a great time.

If you book a tour to one of California’s regions, we are confident that you will have a fabulous day with one of these tour companies. Having guides that are fun and know what they are talking about is so important.


Sonoma County Wine Tours


California Rivers Wine ToursCalifornia Rivers Tours
Address: 575 Country Club Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Telephone: (707) 579-2209
This tour company offers a variety of tours in a comfortable, air conditioned van. Enjoy reasonably priced tours, scenic tours along the Russian River, or arrange for a customized tour of your choosing. Tours include a homemade picnic lunch and naturally beautiful scenery. Give them a call today to book a memorable tour. We’ve used this family owned company and can highly recommend this company!

 

segway scooterSegway Tasting Tours
Explore the wineries of the Russian River or Dry Creek Valley using this unique method of transportation. Roll right through the vineyards for a close up view of the wineries and other fabulous scenery. Stop at tasting rooms for tastings. It’s easy to learn how to ride a segway and so much fun! If you haven’t driven a segway in the past, you really should give it a try soon!


Santa Barbara – Santa Ynez Valley


Santa Barbara Adventure Company
Telephone: (805)884-WAVE 9283)
Santa Barbara Adventure Company provides tours by bike and by van in the Santa Ynez area. Their popular bike tour includes hotel pick up, a guide for the day, a picnic lunch, and tasting at local favorites. Santa Barbara Adventure Company will take care of all the details while you enjoy the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country, home to popular California vintners. They also have group blending sessions where you create your own unique blend and take the bottle home. It really is a fun experience.


Lake County/Clear Lake


Lake County Wine Tours
Address: 5456 New Long Valley Rd., Clearlake, CA 95423
Telephone: (707) 998-4471
Providing tours of Lake County wineries.


Lodi


Vintage Limousine Service
Telephone: (209) 333-2657
Providing tours of Lodi wineries.


Southern California Wine Tours


Temecula


Jeep Wine TourSunrider Wine Tours
Telephone: (951) 551-1516
Drive through scenic vineyards in a 6 passenger air conditioned jeep. Sample up to 24 wines throughout Temecula . Experienced guides have first hand knowledge of Temecula wineries and will make sure you have a fun and memorable experience.


Have you gone on any of these California Wine Tours? If so, please tell us all about it in the “comment” section below.