As the third test match v Sri Lanka commences, England Cricket’s Stuart Broad has publicized his passion and nascent secondary career in wine and his recent acquisition of Nottinghamshire-based pub – the Cat and Wicket. Also an ambassador for Hardy’s Wine, England’s fast bowler has joined a growing number of world-class sports stars with a professional interest in wine.
Like Vin-X ambassadors, Matthew Hoggard and Gladstone Small, a number of professional cricketers developed their passion for wine whilst travelling in the key growing regions of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
And it is not restricted to cricketers, some of the world’s golfing legends have developed commercial interests in wine, including Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. Player, like fellow South African Ernie Els developed interests in South Africa and Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sörenstam, former World Ladies No.1 all have project in Napa, California.
Brit Luke Donald, a passionate oenophile, has been working with the Terlato Wine Group in California’s Napa Valley and even gets involved in the blending of wine. Former Augusta Champion, Sir Nick Faldo promotes a range of European wines, the marketing of which claims to “reflect his personality”!
Celebrity footballers who own vineyards include David Beckham, who bought Victoria a Napa Valley winery for her birthday, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Andrea Pirlo all own vineyards in their native countries Argentina, Spain and Italy respectively.
We do, however, currently have a particular connection with the world of cricket and their wine-lovers. Matthew and Gladstone have worked with us on developing fine wine clubs and events and of course Geoffrey Dean, wine and cricket writer for The Times joined the team last year.
We are all at Lords today once again bringing wine and cricket together!