Kylie Minogue might be back in the dating game at 54 but she has plenty to pour herself into – including more acting, more pop ditties, collecting British rockstars’ numbers … and making a fortune out of Margaret River.
Our original pop idol is not only back releasing new pop singles but is on the singles market again too after ending her transcontinental romance with London-based magazine boss Paul Solomons.
But the I Should Be So Lucky singer hasn’t a minute to tend to her heart as she has a wine empire to manage on the side.
Minogue’s plonk is eclipsing her pop fame over in her adopted second homeland of the UK.
She makes some of her wines out of Howard Park in Cowaramup. Her range has previously even sold out in the past at UK’s biggest supermarket retailer Tesco.
On accession – “Ming” – as her good friends call her, secretly slips into our State to rustle around in the vineyards.
As she has plenty to sing about when it comes to our South West, where her chardonnay is produced.
“One of the wonders of wine, as I get deeper into my understanding and appreciation of it, is the journey. And just like music, the story starts anew once it reaches the listener or consumer,” Minogue says of her multimillion-dollar booze empire.
“I always feel songs take on a new life the second they’re released to the world. People will hear that song and create their own moments, stories and sometimes landmarks. I’m finding this to be the same with my wines.”
Beyond her wine mastery, the singer is busy working on a new album which she describes as a “pop-dance exploration”.
“I can’t give too much away, but there’s some 2000s electro, ‘90s house and what I like to call emoto-pop,” says Minogue. “I can’t wait to share this with fans and enter the next era of music and live performance.”
Her pink Prosecco Rosé is the top selling rosé in the British Isles.
Last year she flogged a staggering £7.7 million ($14.3 million) of it.
Thirsty to dominate happy hour with both her tunes and wine, the former Neighbours icon has even forayed into non-alcoholic versions of her vino.
Australian-born founder of Benchmark Drinks MD, Paul Schaafsma, previously described having Kylie’s name on a bottle as a gold rush.
He explained most wine consumers have never visited the likes of Margaret River or a vineyard in their lives.
“Their whole experience of wine is walking down the supermarket aisle thinking, ‘Oh my God, don’t pick the wrong one. A lot of the brands don’t resonate with them,” he said. “So if they pick up the bottle because they know Kylie, and if we put the right wine that’s exactly the right quality in the bottle, they’ll come back again.”
Minogue’s career is like a fine wine as well and she has plenty of reason to be popping corks.
She is on the brink of yet another pop comeback after her World Pride showing in Sydney earlier this year and has also sent fans wild by returning to acting. She is pitted to star as herself in the new Netflix murder mystery The Residence.
As for getting back in the dating game – that looks like it will be as easy as pouring a glass of wine, as British rockers in London have been lining up to take out the Melbourne-based star.
The Kooks guitarist Hugh Harris says he bumped into her drunk at Annabel’s in Mayfair and used Dutch courage to ask her out — and successfully bagged her digits.
“I met her recently at Annabel’s and she’s lovely, she’s a really sweet woman,” he said.
His plucky request was met with success from the Spinning Around singer.
“She turned around and she was like, ‘Yeah of course, here you go’, and it was this gorgeous moment,” Harris said.
But he might need a night on one of her vinos to be brave enough to give the superstar a call.
“I don’t know if it’s her real number or not. I haven’t tried it,” he said.
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