Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'Reaffirm' Their 'Shared Commitment' to French Estate with New Wine
The former couple views the property as "an investment for their children," a source tells PEOPLE.
Despite their split, Pitt and Jolie remain committed to their winemaking and are even expanding their production line, with a new bottling commemorating their estate’s significant contribution to pop music.
Beginning March 5, you’ll be able to sample a second rosé from the former couple’s Miraval estate. The new release will be called Studio by Miraval, a nod to the property’s formidable heritage as a recording site, and is a nearly clear blend of estate-grown Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault and Tibouren grapes.
The launch of the new wine “reaffirms the couple’s attachment to Miraval,” a source tells PEOPLE, adding Pitt was deeply involved in its creation and participated during last September’s harvest. “A new wine shows their shared, continuing commitment to the estate. And the name ‘Studio’ is their way of recognizing the property’s musical roots.”
Pitt and Jolie found the property in 2008 (they finalized purchase in 2012) and while their 2016 separation fueled speculation they would put their 1200-acre French estate up for sale, sources have consistently told PEOPLE they remain committed to the property, viewing it “an investment for their children.”
In the six years since the couple launched their first award-winning Miraval rosé, they have introduced several other excellent vintages and last March, a small bottling of olive oil. As part of their investment in renewing the property, they have considerably upgraded the estate, improved storage and completed an on-site bottling facility.
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Miraval possesses a grape-growing history stretching back to Roman times when it was a foothold on the Via Aurelia. Brad and Angelina’s presence has been largely responsible for focusing worldwide interest to the Var region’s wines, arguably attracting new neighbor George Lucas.
With Studio, they are throwing a spotlight on the estate’s musical history.
In 1970, French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier, finding the estate in disrepair, purchased it and installed one of Europe’s most modern recording facilities on site. Opened in 1977 for commercial recording, Studio Miraval offered cottage accommodations and privacy that attracted top French and international acts.
When Pink Floyd recorded vocals there for The Wall, Miraval later acknowledged the group with a very highly-prized “Pink Floyd” rosé. Sting and AC/DC have also enjoyed the seclusion, contributing to the the chateau’s reputation.
Sade’s jazz-infused “Sweetest Taboo” at Miraval in 1985 and the original album version of WHAM!’s popular “Careless Whisper” were also recorded there. Others including Muse, The Cure, Judas Priest, Elton John, The Cranberries, Traffic, Courtney Love, UB40 and Yes have also played amid its fields.