Celebrities Who Make Italian Wine

Our favourite celebrities are often huge topics of conversation. We look forward to the films they make, the music they write, or the crazy dramas that surround their lives. But it’s natural to assume that celebrities are just like the rest of us when it comes to Italian wine.

They drink the wine.

They don’t make it.

Except that’s not the case, at least for a select few celebrities. Some of the world’s biggest superstars love Italian wine so much that they have invested their time, money, and effort into their very own Italian vineyards and wines.

That’s where this article comes in.

We’re going to take a very special tour of Italy, with each stop being at a winery owned or operated by a major celebrity.

Il Palagio – Sting

After coming to prominence as the bassist and lead singer of The Police, Sting embarked on a solo musical career that brought him almost as much success as his time in the band. The talented musician has also tried acting, starring in films like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

Along with his wife, Trudie, Sting purchased a beautiful summer home nestled in the small Tuscan town of Figline Valdarno. That house became the setting for many of their private parties, anniversaries, and even small concerts. But that’s not all that the villa is known for. It also hosts vineyards that the couple has worked hard on restoring to their former glory.

Today, Il Palagio is a functional organic farm and vineyard that makes some very interesting organic Italian wines. What’s more, fans of Sting now have the opportunity to visit the estate and stay at one of its guesthouses. Who knows? You may just run into Sting and Trudie as you tour the vineyards.

Il Cantante – Mick Hucknall

Mick Hucknall founded his own winery not to be outdone by his fellow musician. The Simply Red singer is known for the smooth tones of his beautiful voice. But when it comes to wine, he gravitated to an area as fiery as the red mane of hair that adorns his head.

Hucknall owns a winery Il Cantante, located at the base of Sicily’s famous Mount Etna. He’s also a bit of an old hand at the wine game, as he founded his company in 2001. The winery features bush-trained vines, which grow along terraces that Hucknall and his team lay across the famous volcano’s slopes. Il Cantante accounts for about 20 hectares of land, in addition to a tasting room and a museum dedicated to the history of Etnean winemaking.

Hucknall focuses on the growth of a native grape variety named Nerello Cappuccio, which he uses to make his company’s proprietary Il Cantante Rosso. A beautiful red wine, the drink is as smooth as the singer’s famous voice and worth a try if you want to explore some unique Sicilian wines.

Pratum Coller Vineyard – Andrea Pirlo

After examining vineyards owned by a pair of Brits, it’s refreshing to see that some Italian celebrities also get in on the act. Anybody who loves football knows who Andrea Pirlo is. The midfield maestro is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation. His silky skills and magnificent range of passing wowed football fans around the globe. And his wines aren’t too bad either.

Pirlo owns the Pratum Coller vineyard, a family-run winery in the Lombardy region. Pirlo established the 10 hectares of vineyards during the twilight of his playing career, and he now works with a team of experienced professional winemakers to create some wonderful drinks.

The vineyard produces seven different wines, each of which is work exploring. These include its Arduo wine, an Italian red wine that’s as silky smooth as Pirlo’s playing.

Ramona Singer – Ramona Singer

Perhaps best known as one of the stars of The Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona Singer has established her eponymous vineyards in the Veneto and Tuscany regions. She produces wines using several grape varieties, including Merlot, Pinot Grigio, and the famous Sangiovese.

Singer works alongside a group called Opici Wines to make her drinks. And though some may be a little wary about a wine that’s branded with Singer’s name, her drinks are pretty solid. Singer’s Pinot Grigio is a standout and is well worth a try for anybody who loves Italian white wines.

Podere Castorani – Jarno Trulli

For over a decade, Jarno Trulli battled it out against the greats of Formula One. But when it came time to hang up his driving gloves, Trulli decided to trade the fast-paced world of superpowered cars for the far more sedate world of Italian winemaking.

He established Podere Castorani in the heart of the Abruzzo region. And though he’s a fairly recent member of the Italian wine industry, the estate Trulli owns has a deep history dating back to the late 18th century. The former driver cultivates Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Malvasia, and several other Italian white wine grapes, each of which has beautiful qualities. He also has a passion for experimenting with new grape varieties. Plus, every wine that Podere Castorani creates is entirely organic. If you’re looking for a 100% natural wine with a celebrity’s approval seal, you can’t go wrong with Jarno Trulli’s wines.

The Final Word

It’s always interesting for us to discover which celebrities have such a deep passion for Italian wine that they choose to pour their time and effort into creating them. The stars discussed in this article are just a handful of those who have vineyards in Italy. Many more have vineyards in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

For our part, we’re just happy that more passionate people have entered the Italian wine industry. And as always, your Xtrawine team is here to help you find the perfect Italian wine for any occasion.