Marc Perrin, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's winemaking partner, says the $60 million Chateau Miraval is not on the market and will continue making wine

By Peter Mikelbank
September 29, 2016 09:19 AM
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Wine fans can rest easy.

Château Miraval, the 1,100-acre estate in France owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, is not for sale, says the couple’s winemaking partner.

Marc Perrin, whose family has been in business with Pitt and Jolie since 2012, tells PEOPLE “Miraval is not for sale.”

Perrin “reassures” fans of the couple’s signature rosé that “the 2016 vintage will be released and it looks great already.”

Another Perrin family source tells PEOPLE that the harvest of the 2016 vintage was well underway and that it has been “business as usual at the estate.”

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The future of the couple’s home in France, as well as that of their popular, award-winning rosé, has been in question since their split. The property, which has served as a vacation getaway for the family, is the jewel of their extensive real estate portfolio.

The estate — which sits in its own valley outside the neighboring village of Correns — produces highly esteemed organic rosé and two white wines. First launched in 2013, the former couple’s signature rosé has been an outstanding success on the international market. Since launch, production has more than doubled with approximately 500,000 bottles produced last year. An estimated 80,000 cases are imported to the United States.

 

Pitt and Jolie first leased Miraval in France’s southern Var region as a rental in 2008 from American winegrower Tom Bove. The couple subsequently bought the house and its surrounding vineyards and fields in 2011 for an estimated $60 million. And they held their August 2014 wedding ceremony in the estate’s chapel.

Pitt has had great personal involvement with the property, overseeing a multi-year period of construction and renovation. At an estimated cost at $10-12 million, the upgrade modernized the estate’s residences, its winemaking facilities and incorporated the purchase of adjacent land parcels.

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According to visitors, in addition to its fountains, olive groves and private lake, Miraval now contains a spa, gym facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, a home theater, a state-of-the-art game room, dirt-bike course, twin helicopter pads and modern wine-storage facilities.

Sources involved with the wine production have previously told PEOPLE that both Jolie and Pitt have been personally involved in production, attending past harvests, blending sessions and consulting on packaging and marketing.

And besides the wines and pre-Romanesque history, Miraval has one other unique asset.

Before Pitt and Jolie’s purchase from Bove, the estate served as the south of France retreat for French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier, who established its fabled recording studios in the ’70s. The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Sting, The Cure and Muse are among those who’ve recorded on the estate.

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