Bon Jovi is playing in Dublin tonight and while fans are getting geared up to hear his music, they could be sipping on his wine too! Yes, that's right, Jon Bon Jovi is not just a music maker, he's a winemaker too.
Celebrities branching out into various industries is nothing new and, unsurprisingly, the drinks arena seems to be a particular draw. While some are happy with simply adding their faces and names to a label, others take it all much more seriously.
Bon Jovi frontman, Jon Bon Jovi, is one such person. After years of spending summers in The Hamptons on America's east coast, and drinking a lot of rosé while doing so, he took the prudent step of creating his own wine. Bon Jovi teamed up with his son Jesse Bongiovi and French winemaker Gerard Bertrand to create Hampton Water. The wine has been a huge success, selling 500,000 bottles in its first year.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has collaborated across a number of different industries. Her latest partnership is with New Zealand winery, Invivo for a new range of wines. It's set to launch in summer 2019 with a sauvignon blanc and rosé. No mere celebrity endorsement, the Sex and the City star is heavily involved in the process, from blends to label design, and is now a shareholder in the company too.
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Perhaps one of the most famous celebrity wine owners, actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought Château de Miraval, complete with 30 hectares of vines, in 2011. The inaugural rosé (2012) earned a spot on Wine Spectator’s top 100 wines of 2013 a new launch, Studio by Miraval arrived early in 2019. Though now estranged the couple remains co-owners of the chateau which creates the wines in partnership with the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel.
A renowned fan of wine, once noting that he drank up to 14 bottles a day, French actor Gérard Depardieu has been involved with winemaking for decades. He acquired the historic Château de Tigné in the Loire Valley back in 1989 also has joint ventures with Bernard Magrez. However, in recent years he has spoken of his desire to sell all his properties and businesses in France - and in 2016 said he had given up alcohol.
TV presenter and author Graham Norton has had huge success with his sidestep into the world of drinks. He joined forces with Invivo wines to create a range of wines under the Graham Norton's Own label. A gin joined the award-winning line up in 2019 and it looks like there are further beverages on the way from the partnership too.