Graham Norton has not merely given his name to a brand – he has personally created an award-winning Sauvignon Blanc with New Zealand's Invivo Wines that is now available in Australia. In the first six months the talk show host released the wine, it sold over 400,000 bottles - making it one of the most successful celebrity wine collaborations ever.
Former marie claire Australia cover girl Drew Barrymore launched the eponymous Barrymore Wines in 2012, in partnership with Californian wine-makers at Carmel Road Winery. The actress is hands-on with her involvement, working closely with winemakers in the development of her Pinot Noir, Rosé and Pinot Grigio, which she says she aims to be "expressive with unique personalities."
Brad Pitt is releasing his very own rosé Champagne, Fleur du Miraval. The Oscar-winning actor released the new wine under his and ex-wife Angelina Jolie's Miraval label, a very popular rosé made on the Miraval estate. The former couple owns the company alongside the Perrins family, who together have helped to make Miravel one of the most popular rosé wines in the world.
Comedian, actor, writer and vodka-owner Dan Aykroyd really was the king of cool when he released Crystal Head Vodka with artist John Alexander. The skull-shaped bottle sets it apart from other vodka brands in itself, and has become a party staple. According to the Crystal Head website, the liquid is filtered seven times – three of which are through semi-precious crystals.
When Sam Neill isn’t escaping dinosaurs in Jurassic Park films or starring in hit TV series, he’s running his vineyard, Two Paddocks. Neill’s not all that fond of the celebrity wine-maker category though, telling The Drinks Business: "I’ve been making wine for 20 years and don’t want to be lumped into that category.” Interestingly, Neill's vineyard lies in New Zealand's Gibbston.
Sofia Coppola’s film, Marie Antoinette, showcased the last French Queen’s lavish lifestyle. Coppola must know a thing or two about fine dining, with her father, Francis Coppola, having named his wine after her. Sofia is a tribute from Frances to his only daughter, and the “romantic, ebullient spirit of women everywhere.” Unfortunately, the wine isn't yet available in Australia.
George Clooney first lent his name to Nespresso in 2006. He has since added spirits to the list of beverages he puts his face to when he created Casamigos tequila with life long friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman. Their idea was to make a tequila that didn’t have to be covered up with salt or lime.
While he may be known for his playful banter with wife Blake Lively, the actor also put his name to well-known gin brand, Aviation. The gin was named after a classic cocktail known as the Aviation, which was created in the early twentieth century by well-known bartender Hugo Ensslin, and published by him in 1916.
David And Victoria Beckham
David Beckham proved he's the ultimate husband when in 2008, he purchased a vineyard in the Napa Valley for his wife Victoria as a birthday surprise. Despite choosing not to market the product with their famous last name, the wines have reached significant success. The couple have also remained quiet on the location of their vineyard.
New mum Cameron Diaz and entrepreneur Katherine Power announced the launch of clean wine brand, Avaline. It features wines that are vegan-friendly, made with organic grapes, and free of unnecessary additives. Plus, all of the ingredients are right there on the label, so you know exactly what you're getting in your vino. Stay tuned for when the new label drops in Australia!