All About Brad and Angelina's Château Miraval (Yes, It Has a Moat!)
The site of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's wedding boasts 35 rooms, working vineyards and some seriously old-school appeal
The couple wed at Château Miraval, a 1,200-acre estate in the village of Correns, France, that the Jolie-Pitts have called home since 2008. The property boasts pine forests, olive groves, terraced hillsides, working vineyards, a private lake – and even a moat!
The château contains a number of structures that date back to the 17th century, including 35 rooms in the main house as well as several tenant residences. It also houses a legendary recording studio and a prize-winning vineyard. The estate sits along an ancient Roman road, once an important access route in Provence, and contains vestiges of a Romanesque chapel, where the couple wed.
Though the Jolie-Pitts officially purchased the home in 2012 for an estimated $60 million, they were not the first notable names to pass through its historical gates. It is believed that in 1252, influential philosopher and theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas spent several days at Miraval.
In more recent history, Miraval was purchased in 1970 by French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier, who created Studio Miraval on the property. Pink Floyd recorded tracks for their seminal album The Wall there in 1979, and other acts to use the facilities have included AC/DC, Sting and Muse.
In 1992, Miraval became the property of American winemaker Tom Bove, who developed it into one of France’s top organic wine producers. Pitt and Jolie continued the estate’s wine-growing tradition by launching Miraval wines on Valentine’s Day 2013 in collaboration with France’s much respected Perrin family. In March of that year, they sold out their first 6,000 bottles of rosé in just five hours.
Since taking over the property in 2008, Pitt, 50, has channeled his passion for architecture into improving the main house and grounds, while making the estate a dream playground for the couple’s six children. The château now reportedly houses a spa, gym facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, a professional home theater, a state-of-the-art video game room, a dirt bike course and two helicopter pads.
The main house is built around a high entrance hallway with a stairwell, and a large ground-floor kitchen leads out into a fruit and vegetable garden. A visitor to the château says the home largely reflects Pitt’s interest in art and furnishings, and the décor includes both classical and modern pieces.
Jolie, 39, also made her stamp on the property, having a 200-year-old olive tree transplanted into the family’s garden in 2010.
For Brad and Angelina’s complete wedding album, all the details of their big day and more of the couple’s interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now