5 of the Music Industry’s Biggest Stars and Their Wine Creations
Celebrity endorsements are common for musicians. Finding their faces plastered on print advertisements and even product packaging is nothing new. Some find themselves investing in products they truly believe in, like energy drinks. Still, some try to shed their public image and go where not many of their kind have gone before them, and that is wine production.
Musicians are not expected to be wine connoisseurs, and yet there are those who try to prove that image wrong. Some go the way of partnerships with winemakers to add legitimacy to their endeavour. Others turn to their family to build a lifelong dream. However they got there, these musicians were able to release their own wine products – some of them even garnering awards for it.
Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar
Fleetwood Mac is one of the most inimitable rock bands formed in the sixties. They remain to be one of the industry’s biggest selling bands with iconic records and shows under their belts. One of its founding members, drummer and percussionist, Mick Fleetwood, developed a passion for wine after traveling the world with his wife.
His farm in Kula, Hawaii has a wine cellar that holds over 3,000 bottles. Admittedly a Merlot fanatic, Fleetwood enjoyed the experience and decided to dive into the wine lifestyle himself. He partnered with California wineries in the Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Santa Ynez areas in the early 2000s to create his own line – the Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar.
Since its launch, Fleetwood’s wines have garnered awards for its high quality. Besides his favourite Merlot, Fleetwood also offers Petite Sirah, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Syrah, Chardonnay, Cuvet, and Pinot Noir. It didn’t take long for the winery to garner a landslide following.
Sting’s Il Palagio Estate
Sting is one of the most recognizable English musicians to this day. The hit-maker is known for his superb songwriting skills and is recognized as one of the world’s best-selling artists, both as a solo artist and as a member of his former group, The Police.
Sting and his wife, actress Trudie Styler, bought an estate in the Tuscan wine region in Italy and established the Il Palagio winery. The estate has a rich history of wine making with vineyard staff working there for over five decades.
Sting’s wine products are named after his song titles. So far, he has three Tuscan reds that are blends of local grapes that include Syrah and Merlot. The wines are recognized as versatile and drinkable by industry experts, proving that Sting can hit the right notes both in music and wine making. In addition, Sting offers tours that include the chance to become wine farmers for a day at his estate for fans who want the full experience of “traveling down Bourbon Street.”
Olivia Newton-John’s Koala Blue
Award-winning songstress Olivia Newton-John managed to outgrow her Sandy image from Grease to dive into the wine industry. She founded Koala Blue winery with her business partner Pat Farrar to boost the image and promote the flavors of Australian wines all over the world.
Made from grapes from vineyards in the Limestone coast of South Eastern Australia, the pop star offers premium full-bodied, fruity and fresh wines for everyday indulgence. The pop diva is quite hands-on in the wine production process, always looking to improve technologies and processes involved. Her product line includes Chardonnay and Shiraz.
Fergie’s Ferguson Crest
The only rose among the thorns in The Black Eyed Peas has made a name for herself in the boutique winery game. Fergie founded the boutique Ferguson Crest, a six-hectare estate in the Santa Ynez Valley, with her father Pat in 2006. The pop star grew up watching her father tend to their tiny home garden in Los Angeles. After moving to Solvang, Fergie encouraged him to grow more grape varieties, and that is how Ferguson Crest came to be.
Pat Ferguson grows and personally tends to his vineyards that have Syrah as well as Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon. He uses organic methods and sustainable practices. They offer premium quality and handcrafted red and white wines, including the signature Fergalicious, a red wine blend of Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lil Jon’s Little Jonathan Winery
Rapper and producer Lil Jon admitted he is no wine connoisseur, but that he likes how it tastes. Seems reason enough for him to launch his own wine label under the Little Jonathan brand. He worked with California winemaker Alison Crowe to produce the wines he prefer – Merlot and Chardonnay and dessert wines.
Before launching the business, Lil Jon was already having some beverages produced for private parties. When they received positive comments from guests, he decided to turn it into an actual venture that was a more mature version of his regular musician image. Apparently, beyond the gold teeth and the bling-bling is a golden set of taste buds that appreciate wine notes of different varieties.
For budding wine collectors who want to follow the footsteps of these famous musicians, bottles of wine are best stored in commercial wine vaults. Establishments like Singapore Wine Vault have state-of-the-art drome cellars that preserve wine for long periods, allowing it to age naturally and develop fuller flavour. They are the go-to places of serious wine drinkers.