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Wines by celebrities: there are many and often exaggerated

Savanna Samson naked on grapes

Wines by celebrities: there are many and often exaggerated

The film director Francis Ford Coppola, the actors Brad Pitt and Antonio Banderas, the football player David Beckham, the singer Madonna, here are but a few of the famous names on bottles.

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Savanna Samson naked on grapes

Savanna Samson naked on grapes

Most wineries belonging to celebrities are in California but some are actually a short distance from Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino, like the ones belonging to the porno-star Savanna Samson or to the luxury shoe king Massimo Ferragamo with his spectacular Castiglion del Bosco. Still in Tuscany one finds vineyards belonging to Sting, to Lorraine Bracco the actress and to the super chef Mario Batali.

But what is it that compels a person who has everything, absolutely everything that life has to offer, to produce wine? It is probably the desire to have bottles with their name on them, with unrepeatable nectar inside. Or maybe it’s the Bacchus world which attracts them and the apparent simplicity in creating great wines. Apparently because the embrace between nature and oenological geniality is something rare, really difficult and often very expensive.
If the price were not enough it must be considered that many of these celebrities have as consultants very famous wine makers and concentrate on unique locations such as castles, or choose cliffs overlooking the sea, they also invest enormous amounts in creating super luxury residences and superbly equipped wineries. For this reason Francis Ford Coppola the film producer who owns a winery in Napa Valley, it seems he has confided to a friend, “in the wine world there are an exaggeration of exaggerations” sentence which seems ambiguous said by someone who comes from the world of cinema where it is full of exaggerations-

Antonio Banderas and the wine

Antonio Banderas and the wine

Among the celebrities with a vineyard there are also personalities who are composed and not at all intentioned in making the most of their name as a brand to sell their wines, for example Nancy Pelosi who has been the first Italo-American women to be Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, has a vineyard in St.Helena California and she just simply sells the grapes.

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