Celebrities who start their own vineyards and bottle signature wines are part of a growing trend in the world of wines. These celebrity wineries have been quite successful, sometimes because of the quality of the wines themselves and always because of the demand for products that bear the name of a well-loved star.

Niebaum-Coppola Winery

In 1975, film director, producer and screenwriter Francis Coppola was looking to buy a summer home where he might make a little wine. He came upon the Inglenook Winery in California, founded by Gustave Niebaum.

Coppola was taken with the beauty of the estate and felt a connection to Niebaum because of their shared immigrant background, love of wine and success in their respective fields. Coppola decided to rebuild the estate and founded the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery.

Prices of wine from the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery range from around $7 to $13. Wine selections include:

  • Blancaneaux
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cask Cabernet
  • Merlot
  • RC Reserve Syrah.

For a $25 guest fee, you can visit the estate. Your fee includes a wine tasting, a legacy historical tour and a chance to see the historic Chateau, Estate Wine Library and Centennial Museum.

Jerry Garcia Sonoma Winery

Musician Jerry Garcia may be gone, but he is certainly not forgotten. He can be remembered not only for the music he made with the Grateful Dead but also for his fine wine. The Jerry Garcia Sonoma Winery was created to celebrate not only his music but also his artistic creations and his love of wine.

All bottles of J. Garcia wines have labels that feature his unique and colorful artwork. Prices range from $12.95 to $16.95 per bottle. You can buy many types of J. Garcia wines, including:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Zinfandel.

Greg Norman Wineries

After traveling the world during his golfing career, Greg Norman decided to join forces with renowned winemakers from Beringer Blass and start the Greg Norman Estates Wineries in Australia and California. Prices range from $9 to $13 per bottle. Types of wine available include:

  • red wines
  • sparkling wines
  • white wines.

Ernie Els” Stellenbosch Winery

Golfing and wine may well be perfect together. Another golfer, Ernie Els, along with longtime friend Jean Engelbrecht, established Engelbrecht Els Vineyards in 1999 and opened the cellar on Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2004.

Prices of wine from Engelbrecht Els Vineyards range from $28 per bottle to approximately $700 per case. Wines available include:

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • signature blends created by Ernie Els.

Fleming Jenkins Vineyards and Winery

Olympic ice skater Peggy Fleming knows her way around grapes as well as she knows her tricks on ice. Along with husband Greg Jenkins, she planted a small vineyard in California in 1999 and decided to start a winery. The winery offers a variety of wines, including:

  • Cabernet
  • Chardonnay
  • Rose
  • Syrah.

Prices range from $20 to $50 per bottle.

Because Peggy Fleming is a breast cancer survivor, a very special wine named Victories Rose was created at this winery to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness. Fleming and Jenkins donate $2 from the sale of every bottle of Victories Rose to this cause.

You can visit Backyard Wineries, the Fleming-Jenkins tasting room in Los Gatos, California, every day between noon and 6 p.m.

 Posted on : May 16, 2014