By Ana Calderone
December 01, 2016 12:16 PM
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The impending divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt means that between the two stars, there’s an estimated $500 million at stake. A portion of that fortune is due to the couple’s Chateau Miraval vineyard in Correns, France, which they bought for $60 million.

There, through a partnership with the well-known winemakers, Famille Perrin, Jolie and Pitt produce four high-quality wines, including the Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval ($28), which made Wine Spectator‘s list of top 100 wines in 2013.

When the first 6,000 bottles of rosé were first released, they sold out in only five hours. The wine sold for $139 for a six-bottle case. A little known fact about the pale pink vino is that it was once named “Pink Floyd” by past winemakers because the iconic British band recorded part of The Wall at the estate in 1979.

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On the 1,200-acre property — which was the venue for the pair’s intimate 2014 wedding — they also grow grapes for two lesser-known white wines and one red. With the news of their split, the future of the vineyard remains unclear – but Pitt has made his passion for the wine business clear in the past.


“For better or worse, given my compulsive nature, if we are going to be in the wine business, let’s make the best wine we can,” Pitt told Wine Spectator in 2014. “I asked the question, ‘Why can’t we make world-class wine in Provence?’ Let’s approach it like a film, and let’s make something we can be proud of and people can enjoy.”

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The 2012 real estate purchase quickly became more than a summer vacation. “I’m a farmer now,” Pitt said at the time. “I love learning about the land and which field is most suitable for which grape, the drama of September and October: Are we picking today? Where are the sugar levels? How is the acidity? Is it going to rain? It’s been a schooling for me. In the off months, I enjoy cleaning the forest and walking the land.”

“It’s very peaceful and the antithesis of the drive, the want, the need to get ahead indicative of life in Hollywood,” he added. “I’m instantly reminded what quiet sounds like.”