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For months I have been meaning to do a round-up of all the wine estates owned by celebs. I still may do; but if you are hankering after a taster the BBC has a piece on Gerard Depardieu and in passing mentions Francis Ford Coppola, Sting, Cliff Richard and Mick Hucknell. Anyone know of any more?

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"What makes Mr Depardieu different is that he has been making wine since the early 1980s. Indeed, this might explain why his looks resemble many people's idea of a contented French farmer. Never one to pander to Hollywood's demands for air-brushed body perfection, his characterful Gallic features and happily ample waistline appear to have been born to drive a tractor through a field of vines."

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Fess Parker, former actor who played the wildly popular "Davy Crockett" on a TV series ages ago, is the first celebrity winemaker I am aware of. His winery is in Los Olivos (Santa Barbara county, in Southern California); the website says he bought the land in 1987.

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard website

You can add Australian/New Zealand actor Sam Neil to your list - he owns a vineyard down in Central Otago, NZ called "Two Paddocks". Does excellent if slightly overpriced Pinot Noir :)

Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) has a vineyard in Sicily - the wine is called Il Cantante (The Singer!)