It’s safe to say that we are excited about the 95th annual Academy Awards. Wine Enthusiast editors already have their drinks lined up. We have awards-inspired cocktail pairings figured out. We have snack pairing ideas for days. But what if you’re looking for a wine with a bit more… Oscars cache, perhaps? We’re talking about bottles made by past award winners and nominees.
Of course, plenty of celebrities are into wine. Cameron Diaz, Eric Wareheim and Drew Barrymore are all behind wine brands, and more still are engaged in spirits-related or other boozy projects. But for this list, we’re highlighting Oscar-winning or nominated celebs behind bottles currently on the market.
Will any of their bottles have a starring role at your Oscars watch party?
Francis Ford Coppola
Known for films like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, it’s safe to say that director Francis Ford Coppola is legendary. His film company, American Zoetrope, has earned over 60 nominations and 15 wins.
Coppola has also spent the past several decades building a wine empire. Today, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery produces “three million cases from 340 acres of vineyards spread across several wineries in California and Oregon and includes brands such as Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection, Sofia and Director’s Cut.” Not to mention, he also restored Inglenook, a historic Napa winery that had fallen by the wayside.
And the Winner Is… Coppola Diamond Prosecco: What better way to toast this year’s best director than with a bottle of bubbly from an absolute legend.
The two-time Oscar winner and seven-time nominee is known for his roles in iconic films like Fight Club, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Oceans 11 and so many others. And the Moneyball actor also found success in the wine world. In 2008 he, and then wife Angelina Jolie, purchased the majority interest in Chateau Miraval. Later in 2013, according to U.S. Magazine, they began making a rosé at the South of France estate.
After their divorce in 2016 Jolie sold her shares. But Pitt still maintains co-ownership of the chateau.
And the Winner Is… Fleur De Miraval Exclusivement Rose Champagne: Want to drink like the stars? Then spring for a bottle of Pitt’s bubbly, as it will be the only sparkler poured at this year’s Oscars.
Sting has been making hit songs for decades. His compositions for beloved films such as Emperor’s New Groove and Kate & Leopold among others earned him several Oscar nominations.
But the “Roxanne” artist also has a major wine venture. While traveling in Italy in 1999, he and wife Trudie Styler came across Il Palagio, which had fallen into disrepair, and started restoring the property. Today, the Tuscan winery produces several different bottlings (with names you may recognize, such as “Message In a Bottle”) as well as honey and olive oil.
And the Winner Is… Il Palagio Roxanne Rosso Toscana: Look, the song “Roxanne” is going to be stuck in your head for a while anyway. You might as well sing it while enjoying a glass of this.
We don’t think Lucas needs much of an introduction. Name one person who has not heard of the Star Wars franchise… we’ll wait. But something you may not know is the two-time nominee owns a winery called (very appropriately) Skywalker Vineyards.
According to the winery’s website, Lucas was inspired by Coppola’s success in the wine industry and struck out on his own venture. Today, the estate produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other bottlings.
And the Winner Is… Skywalker Vineyards Pinot Noir: Take a walk on the dark side with this deep ruby-hued sipper.
Silvestri has composed music for hit movies such as Polar Express and Forrest Gump, which earned him two Oscar nominations.
In 1989, the Who Framed Roger Rabbit! music composer and his wife purchased the property that would become their winery. Today, Silvestri Vineyards produces a late-harvest Moscato, Chardonnay and Barbera along with other wines.
And the Winner Is… 2019 Pinot Gris, Ala, Estate: Kind of like a good song, a bottle of zippy and light Pinot Gris is always a crowd pleaser.
Mary J. Blige
Known for songs like Family Affair, Mr. Wrong, Be Without You and countless other hits and collaborations with other artists, Mary J. Blige has received two Oscar nominations. The hip-hop icon has also made waves in the wine world.
Collaborating with Friuli-Venezia Giulia’s winemaker, Marco Fantinel, Blige created Sun Goddess. Today, the brand produces a Pinot Grigio Ramato, Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco and Merlot.
“She was involved in every single detail, from the style to the color to the label and materials,” Fantinel told Wine Enthusiast in an interview. “She was checking every single thing because she knows that success has no shortcut.”
And the Winner Is… Sun Goddess Prosecco: For a night of celebration, you can never have too many bubbles.
John Legend has been drinking wine since, well, he “started drinking,” the singer told Wine Enthusiast in an interview.
In 2013, Legend teamed up with the owner of “Raymond Vineyards in Napa Valley, to make a Cabernet Sauvignon,” under the Legend Vineyard Exclusive (LVE) label. LVE now produces a Chardonnay, red blend and some canned options along with other bottlings.
“I’ve always loved wine, always loved the memories I’ve had with great wine, the great meals, the great experiences [and] the great conversations,” Legend told Wine Enthusiast.
And the Winner Is… LVE French Sparkling Rose: Much like Legend’s many pop hits, this wine is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Jon Bon Jovi
It might have been a surprise to learn rock icon John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. (fans know him as Jon Bon Jovi) was involved in the wine business. Heck, it even came as a surprise to the “Living on a Prayer” singer.
“[I] Never imagined we’d someday be in the wine business, but it’s really all I drink,” John Bongiovi told Wine Enthusiast in an interview. The singer and his son, Jesse, teamed up with French winemaker Gérard Bertrand and released Hampton Water rosé in 2018.
“Our vision for Hampton Water was to share the relaxed lifestyles of the Hamptons and the South of France and bottle up that feeling of enjoying life,” Jesse Bongiovi told Wine Enthusiast.
And the Winner Is… Hampton Water: Like blaring a Bon Jovi hit, there’s never a bad time to enjoy a bottle of easy-drinking rosé.
John Malkovich is no stranger to success in the film industry. The Oscar nominee has been in hits like In the Line of Fire, Being John Malkovich, Con Air and numerous others.
But the actor has also made a name for himself in the wine world with his label, Les Quelles de la Coste.
On his Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon blends, Malkovich told Wine Enthusiast, “our oenologue [Jean Natoli] suggested it. I always thought it was a risky or, let’s say, volatile, mix. But I am delighted by the results. It only needs a year or so to calm down or make peace with itself. The Pinot provides the Cabernet with roundness, refinement, but also punch, strangely enough.”
And the Winner Is… LQLC, ‘14 Quelles’, 2018: celebrate the winners with this legend’s flagship bottle.
John Lasseter has earned five Oscar nominees and two wins for his work on classics like Monsters Inc., Toy Story 3, Cars and others.
The Tin Toy director has also found success in the wine world. He and his wife became interested in winemaking in 1993 after moving to Sonoma. And later, in 2002, they purchased the land that would become Lasseter Family Winery.
Today, they produce several different red blends, Sauvignon Blancs and more.
And the Winner Is… 2016 Reminiscence: This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc is perfect to have on hand in case you or someone at the party isn’t feeling bubbles.
We haven’t heard much from Lorraine Bracco regarding wine in a bit. But the Academy Award-nominee started Bracco Wines in 2006, which imported wines from different Italian regions and producers.
According to the Niagara Falls Review Dan Aykroyd, ended his partnership with Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits in 2022. But the one-time Oscar nominee is still involved in the booze business. He founded Crystal Head Vodka.
Last, but certainly not least, Antonio Banderas partnered with Bodega Anta Banderas back in 2012. However, the winery appears to have since closed.