Monday 3 August 2020
Mary J. Blige has teamed up with a major Italian producer to create Sun Goddess, which includes a rosé and a sauvignon blanc. Photo:

Having your own wine seems to be a big deal these days and stars like Jay-Z, Sting, Francis Ford Coppola, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and even Lady Gaga have branched out into the wine business. The latest American icon to take the plunge is none other than Mary J. Blige. The Queen of hip hop soul has just sealed a partnership with a major Italian wine producer, which is present in more than 90 countries.


The name “Sun Goddess” is a reference to Mary J. Blige’s mother’s nickname for her.


Fantinel Winery manages some 300 hectares in Italy, which are mainly located in the Friuli region and its estates produce the Italian bubbly, prosecco and also pinot grigio ramato, which will be used to make the rosé for this limited edition range. A sauvignon blanc will be the other bottle in the line which has been christened “Sun Goddess,” a reference to Blige’s mother’s nickname for her daughter. Mary J. Blige has been involved in all stages of the production of the new vintages.


Sun Goddess is available in sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio variants. Photo:


Mary J. Blige examining the grape varietals that go Sun Goddess. Photo:


The wines are made from the varietals most favoured by the American star, who visited the Fantinel winery before signing up for the venture. According to US press, some 15,000 bottles of 2019 rosé and 5,000 bottles of 2019 sauvignon blanc will be produced within the framework of the partnership. Both of the wines, which will retail for US$19.99 a bottle, are only available in the US and for pre-order on


Marco Fantinel from Fantinel wines holds up a bottle of Sun Goddess wine. Photo:


Source: AFP Relax News