Wineries Owned By Rock Stars

Celebrities delve into the winemaking scene


It's not just movie stars buying up wineries, all the over the world race car drivers, athletes and musicians have also been bitten by the bug. A few, like Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana, have simply collaborated or lent their names to a vintage. Others, like the ones listed below, have taken on a more active role as owners and sometimes co-vintners.

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Maynard James Keenan

Better known for his roles in Tool and A Perfect Circle, musician-turned-winemaker Maynard James Keenan is devoted to advancing northern Arizona as a quality wine-producing area (most vineyards are planted in southeastern Arizona, where the states only AVA, Sonoita, is located). Descended from northern Italian winemakers, Keenan took his idea of growing grapes in Arizona and ran with it. The winery, Caduceus, is named after an ancient symbol for concert, and grapes are grown at Merkin Vineyards, also owned by Keenan.
 

Michael Hucknall

British musician and member of Simply Red founded Il Cantante di Mick Hucknall in Sicily in 2001. Located on the slopes of the legendary Mt. Etna, the vineyards are comprised of traditional indigenous Sicilian varietals Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. Il Cantante uses the knowledge and know-how of local vintners to create a Nero d'Avola, an Etna Rosso, and a white blend.
 

Dave Matthews

Blenheim Vineyards, located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia-home of Thomas Jefferson-is located in the Monticello AVA. Situated at the foothills of Carter's Mountain, in southern Albemarle County, the vineyards are planted with five European varietals: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Viognier and Cabernet Franc. The oldest vines are just twelve years old, around the same time construction on the winery was completed. Dave Matthews, Blenheim's owner, also helped design the eco-friendly winery and tasting room. For more information, visit www.blenheimvineyards.com.
 

Les Claypool

The motto "Fancy Booze for Semi-Fancy Folks‚" sums up the ethos of the Primus-vocalist Les Claypool's eponymous Claypool Cellars. Longtime Sonoma County resident, Claypool founded his winery in 2007 after a home winemaking experiment expanded into a four-ton operation. Located in the Russian River Valley, Claypool Cellars manages to maintain a sense of humor in an area known for serious wine with names like Purple Pachyderm, a Pinot Noir, and Pink Platypus, a Pinot Noir Rosé.
 

Boz Scaggs

A former member of The Steve Miller Band and solo-artist, Boz Scaggs is now a member of the California winemaking community. Along with his wife, Dominique, Boz grows and makes Rhône-style wines in Napa Valley. Committed to sustainable techniques, the couple follows the philosophy that "minimal intervention in winemaking allows for maximum expression of terroir." The vineyards and orchards on the estate, located at the top of the Mt. Veeder AVA in the Mayacamas Ridge, are certified organic. For more information, visit www.scaggsvineyard.com.
 

Jonathan Cain

Don't stop believin' that this longtime Journey keyboardist is also the owner of Finale Wines, based in Healdsburg, California. After stopping in at De La Montanya winery, Cain struck up a friendship with the owner, Dennis de la Montanya. In 2006, the two decided to collaborate on wines to benefit Bay Area charities and after a few years, the two partnered, along with another friend, to create Finale wines. As co-vintner and consultant, Cain takes an active role in the process of winemaking at Finale.

Interesting sidenote: De La Montanya collaborated with hair-metal band Whitesnake for the 2008 Whitesnake Zinfandel.
 

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  • Caduceus is by far among the finest wines I've had the privilege of owning.
    I live in southern California and have made trips
    to Jerome just for the wine.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM


  • Don't overlook the excellent wines from BR Cohn Winery (http://www.brcohn.com), as Bruce Cohn, founder and proprietor, is himself a rock luminary and (still) manager of The Doobie Brothers.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM


  • Snooth User: Rguined
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    Don't leave out the wines from Sting's Estate Tenuta Il Palagio in Tuscany. Sister Moon is superb!!

    Apr 23, 2012 at 6:52 PM


  • Snooth User: modboy
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    No mention of Stings winery in Tuscany ? He launched his first 2 wines 2 years back made from organically grown grapes on his Farmland. One wine is called "Sister Moon" can't remember the name of the other.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 6:54 PM


  • Snooth User: D9sus4
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    BR Cohn Winery definitely belongs on the list. Here's a less obvious candidate: http://www.gargiulovineyards.com/

    While Jeff Gargiulo was never a rock star, nor a concert promotor, he is certainly a very musically connected vintner. His tasting room is home to a super nice collection of custom and top-of-the-line guitars. He has many well known musicians as guests and he hosts an invitation only event in October called the Oakville Sessions where customers can watch famous L.A. and Nashville musicians perform.

    As a former semi-pro musician, I will wholeheartedly support any musician owned winery... that is, unless Ted Nugent decides to open a winery.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM


  • Snooth User: Rguined
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    Sting's other two wines are Casino Delle Vie & When We Dance

    Apr 23, 2012 at 7:22 PM


  • Snooth User: D9sus4
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    There's also http://www.arringtonvineyards.com/ in Tennessee, owned by country stars Brooks and Dunn. Not great wines, but a nice place to see a live outdoor concert in the summer.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM


  • Snooth User: Giacomo Pevere
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    Sting? Never tasted his wine but he's the greatest rockstar of this list. Another name, Albano Carrisi, he's pretty unknow outside Italy and he's not a rockstar, more like a classic italian singer, (and you can't find him in my personal top10 singers, neither in my top100, neither in my personal top1000....) but his winery, Tenute Albano Carrisi, produces great wines.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 7:32 PM


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