10 Musicians who own wineries: Jon Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Sting, Fergie, and More
1. Jon Bon Jovi
In 2016, Bon Jovi, and his son Jesse Bongiovi, collaborated with French winemaker Gérard Bertrand, to create this special blend of rosé. The wine was launched under the name Hampton Water, in April 2017, at the Versace Mansion in Miami, and the rock-star himself sang on a balcony on the occasion. Foxnews.com reported that the 2017 production was sold out before its official release.
Wine Spectator named the magazine’s best rosé of 2018.
2. Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan - the singer, the poet, the protester, the Nobel prize laureate, the born-again Christian — is also a wine aficionado.
Wine had captured my soul, not that I was using it much, I was mostly just drunk. That’s when you meet your soul, reflected in porcelain.
In 2002, he partnered with Italian winemaker Antonio Terni to create a unique blend of Montepulciano and Merlot, named Planet Waves (the title of Dylan’s 1974 album.)
Terni, a life-long Dylan fan, says: "I tried to make a wine that reflects both sides of Dylan’s character…Angular, difficult and unpredictable like Montepulciano, yet generous and friendly like Merlot."
3. Carlos Santana
The pioneer of rock and Latin fusion music, Carlos Santana, has his own wine labelled Santana, in collaboration with the California wine-maker Mumm Napa.
Santana grew interested in wine in the early 2000s. In 2005, he partenered with Ludovic Dervin of Mumm Napa to create “Mumm Napa Santana DVX,” a 50-50 mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
In 2013, he and the wine-makers launched their second collaboration, “Mumm Napa Supernatural Rosé,” another 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold would contribute to the Milagro Foundation, Santana's organization that helping children with arts, education and health.
4. Lil Jon
Atlanta-based rapper and DJ, Lil Jon, also creates wines, and they are not called “Crunk.”
In 2008, Lil Jon, in collaboration with California-based winemaker, Alison Crowe, createdLittle Jonathan Winery. The winery produces its bottles from various vineyards across California's central coast and includes a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
In 2015, the British rock star Sting sent to the world a “Message in a Bottle” — a wine with notes of cherry, blackberry, oak, and licorice, named after his 1979-hit “Message in a Bottle.”
The wine was produced at Villa Il Palagio estate, Tuscany, Italy, which he and his wife, Trudie Styler, acquired in 1999, and transformed in into a respected vineyard. When the couple bought the villa it was in a state of disrepair and with help of architect Arabella Lennox-Boyd, it was fully restored in seven years.
To help run the business, they hired Alan York, a well-known biodynamic consultant, Paolo Caciorgna, a highly-regarded oenologist, and Paolo Rossi, the estate manager, to oversee production of the estate.
6. Dave Mustaine
After a successful career in head-banging, the Megadeth rockstar, Dave Mustaine, collaborated with Fallbrook Winery to introduce his own wine in 2014, labeled, “2012 Symphony Interrupted Cabernet Sauvignon.” The wine, created on his newly-formed Mustaine Vineyards, commemorated Mustaine’s performance with the San Diego Symphony.
The unexpected success of the wine prompted Mustaine to take the wine-business seriously. He then partnered with Temecula, California’s South Coast Winery to produce additional Mustaine Vineyards wines. Over the years, they released three more wines — Blood of Heroes Syrah (2011,) Kingmaker Super Tuscan blend (2013,) and Hook in Mouth Monterey AVA red blend (2013.)
7. Dave Matthews
The South African-born American singer/guitarist of the Dave Matthews Band owns Blenheim Vineyards, a ten acre estate in Albemarle County, Virginia. He purchased the land in 1999, and by 2000, turned it into a full-fledged vineyard, producing over 5,500 cases of wine each year.
In 2011, Matthews collaborated with wine makers Steve Reeder and Sean McKenzie in creating the Dreaming Tree Wines.
In 2017, Matthews talked about his vineyard on the Stephen Colbert show
Fergie, of the Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas, owns Ferguson Crest, a winery in Santa Ynez Valley, California, which she co-founded with her horticulturist father Pat Ferguson, in 2006. Her father runs the business, while the winemaker Joey Tensley of tensleywines.com oversees the cellar.
In 2011, they introduced Fergalicious, their signature blend named after her 2006 hit by the same name. Fergalicious is a red blend of Syrah and Viognier.
9. Maynard James Keenan
The Grammy-winning enigmatic Maynard James Keenan of the bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, is also a professional wine-maker. He currently owns Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars in Arizona. He is also a partner of Stronghold Vineyards in Sulfur Springs Valley, Arizona, and is a participating member of the Arizona Winegrowers Association since 2009.
Keenan comes from a family of wine-makers, whose grandparents and great-uncle made wine in Northern Italy.
Growing up in West Michigan, Keenan worked in and on the local orchards and farms.
In 2003, when his mother died due to complications from an aneurysm, he scattered her ashes across one of his vineyards, and later named a Cabernet Sauvignon after her, "Nagual del Judith.”
10. Olivia Newton-John
The wine was a part of their cancer-awareness charity under the same name, “Pink and Blue for Two,” which she co-founded earlier with her nephew, Emerson Newton-John, a professional race-car driver. After the charity was formed, they partnered with Meadowcroft Wines of Sonoma, California, to create the wine. Twenty percent of the proceeds go towards charity — 10 percent to the Pink and Blue for Two campaign, and the other 10 percent to Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Australia.