David and Victoria Beckham, celebs who own Napa Valley Real Estate
The list of celebrities owning vineyards in the Napa Valley and next door in the Sonoma Valley is nothing new. Take David Beckham, for instance. We can all remember a few years back when he bought his wife a special birthday present: her own vineyard right here in Napa Valley.
While some stars, such as Beckham and his wife, own vineyards and wine estates solely for personal use, most celebs leverage their name recognition as a marketing tool; helping to make our community one of the most popular wine destinations in the world. Running the gamut from one of NASCAR’s top-ranked competitors, Jeff Gordon, to rock stars like Carlos Santana, and MVP-winning sports heroes such as Joe Montana, most celebs make their wines available for purchase and keep their estates open for tastings.
Visitors flock to celebrity vineyards. Francis Ford Coppola, probably one of the most famous celebrities-turned-vintner inCalifornia, bought The Rubicon Estate in 1975, known until 2006 as the Niebaum-Coppola Estate and before that as Inglenook. Still today, his prized piece of Napa Valley real estate is a must see among visitors to California wine country. In addition to Coppola, Pixar guru John Lasseter owns a winery in Glen Ellen inSonomaValley, and Tommy Smothers is the proud owner of Remick Ridge Vineyards and Smothers Winery in nearby Kenwood.
Fess Parker’s winery, featured in Alexander Payne’s 2004 film “Sideways,” is still extremely popular among tourists toSanta Barbara’s wine country. Well-known for his on-screen portrayals of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the 1950s and 1960s, Parker bought his land in the Santa Ynez Valley way back in 1987. In 1998, the actor boosted his portfolio with the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos, where every Thursday up until his death in 2010, he joined visitors for a glass or two of his own Syrah or Pinot noir.