One of my completely random gossip-obsessions is twofold: too many celebrities have launched their own makeup lines and more celebrities should do their own liquor/beer/wine lines. If you’re a celebrity and you’re looking for a cool side-hustle, don’t do a makeup line. It’s been done a million times over and Rihanna and Kylie Jenner did it best (or theirs are the most profitable). But celebrities doing their own alcohol lines? It’s always a good idea. Many celebrities invest in tequila companies or vodka companies or maybe they’re just the face of some established alcohol brand. So… will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex eventually have their own Napa Valley wine label?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could become the next couple to join the ranks of other celebrities to open their own winery in Santa Barbara, as they settle into their new lives away from the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to the premier Southern California wine-making region last year and after landing multi-million dollar megadeals with Netflix and Spotify locals say this could be their next great venture. Speaking from their $14.5million mansion earlier this month, the pair revealed they were eager to ‘live authentically’ and get back ‘down to basics’ at their home.
Locals and winemakers in and around the couple’s new hometown believe Montecito could be the best place for Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, to launch their own Brangelina-style wine label. Insiders say the move would make a lot of sense if they were to add a winery to their $14million mansion. The idea could especially pique the interest of Meghan, who is also known to be a huge wine fan and named her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig after her favorite red wine. The couple even served a Californian red wine – Domaine Eden pinot noir – at their May 2018 wedding in Windsor Castle.
There is already a growing trend for top tier Hollywood celebrities to get involved in the wine industry. Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Jon Bon Jovi have all done well in the wine industry as well as Brad and Angelina.
Local resident Penny Bianchi, who lives next door to Harry and Meghan interviewer and friend, Oprah Winfrey, said: ‘Investing in wine is pretty common in Montecito. I’ve got a bunch of friends who have wineries, I even know a couple of people who have vineyards on their own properties. It seems to be a very popular thing to do around here so I wouldn’t be surprised if Harry and Meghan did the same. Montecito has so many great things to speak of and the wine industry is one of them. It would be really interesting and cool if they started a wine label of their own.’
I know this is just random gossip from the Mail, but… I actually would not be surprised at all if Meghan and Harry invested in a vineyard or an established wine label, or even started their own. Their existing property isn’t big enough for a real vineyard, but clearly, there’s land for sale and I would assume there are vineyards for sale in the area too. I don’t really see them doing the Brangelina/Chateau Miraval thing where they live on an estate with a functioning winery and vineyard. I could definitely see them investing in someone else’s project though. And why not? A Sussex-branded – or Archewell-branded – wine label could do big business.
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