What do Brangelina, Nicki Minaj and Sting have in common? They all own vineyards. Say hello to the sideline of the super-rich

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Drew Barrymore checks her vines

Did you know there was a time (back in 2003) when wine from Cliff Richard’s vineyard in Portugal sold faster than Harry Potter books? You do now.


Today, controversial rapper par excellence Nicki Minaj’s fizzy stuff is more popular than sauvignon blanc in the US - even Mr Bey, Jay-Z, is getting in on the act after acquiring celeb fave Armand de Brignac champage earlier this year.


A celebrity in possession of a vineyard must now make their own wine (we're looking at you, non-wine-making-celeb-vineyard-owners Johnny Depp and Kate Moss) – although some take this task more seriously than others.

Brad and Angie

Who? Seriously, you need to ask? Acting superstar power couple
Vineyard: Chateau Miraval is a 1,000 acre estate which includes about 150 acres of vineyard in the village of Correns, France
The tipple: there are two offerings from estate Brangie: rosé and white. The rosé seems the more popular and sold out in hours after being released in 2013 – see, you need that celebrity-wine-release calendar after all
We say: as our budget won’t allow for a plane ticket to the estate, we must live vicariously through the Wine Spectator who called it "outstanding". 'A' for effort, Brangelina

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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

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Who? British singer of Police fame, noted yoga-lover
Vineyard: Il Palagio, Tuscany, Italy
The tipple: for dad-rock appreciators everywhere, there are three reds all named after Sting’s hits: Message in a Bottle, Sister Moon and When We Dance 
We say: with 26 albums and more singles than we care to count, we sense there are many more wines in the pipeline

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Nicki Minaj

Who? You know, rap’s reigning hip-hop queen, routinely trashed in newspaper comment sections, likes to wear see-through clothes
Vineyard: California, USA
The tipple: say hello to MYX Fusions Moscato. The sparkling white wine combined with fruit juice is outselling sauvignon blanc in the US. No, really it is.
We say: and so Minaj’s bid for world domination continues. Queen Bey watch out! 

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Nicki Minaj

Via Facebook.com/MyxFusionsUK

Francis Ford Coppola

Who? Lauded film director and the granddaddy of all celebrity winemakers
Vineyard: Napa Valley, California, USA (natch)
The tipple: forget The Godfather, wines from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery have picked up numerous awards
We say: an offer you can’t refuse

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Francis Ford Coppola

Via Facebook.com/CoppolaWine

Drew Barrymore

Who? Wildly entertaining actress, friends with E.T. and Cameron Diaz 
Vineyard: Carmel Road, California, USA
The tipple: the Barrymore Pinot Grigio won a gold medal at Le Challenge International du Vin in France. So there.  
We say: well, if the Hollywood thing doesn’t work out, Drew …

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Antonio Banderas

Who? Voice of Shrek's Puss in Boots. Sorry, he's actually one of Spain’s most famous actors and the former Mr Melanie Griffiths
Vineyard: Anta Banderas, Ribera del Duero, Spain
The tipple: mainly reds, which have won both bronze and silver medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Oo-er. 
We say: Zorro fans take note: there are plans for a Banderas hotel. Oh yes. PJs at the ready ...

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Wine and cheese, anyone?

Gerard Depardieu

Who? French actor with characterful Gallic features and ample waistline
Vineyard: Chateau de Tigne, Loire Valley, France
The tipple: Depardieu is no newbie to the grape game: he's been making wine since the early 1980s and produces seven wines
We say: are you really surprised?

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Gerard Depardieu

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