Omagh born Hollywood actor, Sam Neill, has not only dipped his toe into the wine business but has dived head first into a very successful sideline.
Sam Neill, DCNZM, OBE, is a New Zealand actor, writer, director and producer whose acting credits include The Hunt for Red October, The Piano, Event Horizon, The Dish, two Jurassic Park films, Perfect Strangers, The Tudors, Alcatraz and Harry over a 40-year career.
He recently finished Australian supernatural thriller Backtrack with Adrien Brody and one of his projects this year is filming the second series of the BBC's historic crime drama Peaky Blinders, in which he plays a psychotic police inspector. Neill established Two Paddocks in Gibbston in 1993 and the first vintage was in 1997. The 3ha Alex Paddocks, above the Clutha River near Alexandra, was acquired in 1998. The 53ha farm Redbank in the Earnscleugh Valley was acquired in 2000 and became the main vineyard and business headquarters.