ROYAL RUMBLE

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to start winemaking business, trade experts claim

Industry insiders believe there’s a reason why Harry and Meghan picked Montecito, California, in the US, to set up their home and it may be something to do with the Duchess’ love of wine

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could start a winemaking business as part of their goal to “live authentically”, trade experts have reportedly claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wouldn’t be the first celebrity power couple to open a winery in Santa Barbara, the ideal place for such a venture, insiders have reportedly said.

Former Hollywood actress Meghan, 39, is known to be a big wine fan, having named her old lifestyle blog The Tig after her favourite red wine.

She and Harry, 36, even served a Californian red wine – Domaine Eden pinot noir – at their May 2018 wedding at Windsor Castle.

Local resident Penny Bianchi, who lives next door to Oprah Winfrey and down road from the Sussexes’ $14.5million mansion, said it would be “really cool” if they launched a wine business.

She told the Daily Mail she has friends in Montecito who have wineries, while a couple have their own vineyards within their 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,” she added.

Harry and Meghan have already got a number of income streams set up since stepping down as senior royals over a year ago.

They signed million dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify in recent months, while it was announced in March Harry had got a new job as the chief impact officer at BetterUp, a mental health start-up company based in Silicon Valley.

Santa Barbara County, where the couple moved in July last year, has more than 275 wineries.

And the region’s industry estimated to have an annual economic impact of $1.7billion (£1.2billion), while employing almost 10,000 people, according to the Santa Barbara Vintners website.

Local winemaker Greg Martellotto, who runs Martellotto Winery in Buellton and is a member of the Santa Barbara Vintners Association, told the Mail if Harry and Meghan became involved in the industry: “It would be confirmation of what wine insiders already know.””

They are global people with name recognition around the world who could go anywhere but they came to Santa Barbara and I think that in and of itself says a lot.”

And David DeLaski, who runs Solminer winery in Santa Barbara County with wife Anna said the climate is the ideal place to grow grapes, adding that Harry and Meghan would “fit into” the industry there.

Source: Daily Mail

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