The French Riviera has been a favoured destination for VIPs and A-list celebrities since the 1850s. For decades, the world’s wealthiest have been holidaying in this paradisiacal corner of the world and enjoying the exclusive offerings of the Cote d’Azur.
A glamorous and idyllic holiday destination, St Tropez has recently become the pinnacle property purchase for VIP’s and wine connoisseurs in search of some of the finest wines. When it comes to the world’s wealthiest, the art of winemaking is a new business venture that Ultra-High-Net-Worth individuals want a stake in. Take a look below at the most prestigious vineyard owners.
Miraval Château – Angelina Pitt
While Hollywood’s most famous couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are not together anymore, the couple still owns one of the most glamorous and prestigious vineyards in Aix-en-Provençe known as the Miraval Château. The magnificent 17th-century estate purchased in 2008 is located in the heart of Provence, surrounding itself with ancient woodland, luscious olive trees, rows of vineyards and a blessed water supply.
After following the winemaking skills of Perrin, Brad and Angelina created their first modern-vintage Rose wine in 2012, which was branded as the ‘superstar of rosé’ by the French newspaper Le Figaro. The vineyard also reportedly broke the record for ‘pink blush’ when a magnum of its Muse de Miraval earned over £23,000 at a charity auction. This exceptional vintage owes its success to the soils and climate of the French Riviera, exemplifying the region’s sophistication and heritage.
Château Margüi – George Lucas
Not far from Château de Miraval sits George Lucas’ 287- acre property ‘Château Margüi’. Driven by a vision for creating unrivalled wine experiences, Skywalker Vineyards acquired Château Margüi, an estate winery in the heart of historic Provence. The stunning estate is located in the heavenly region of the southwestern Bessillon mountain range, where the Argens river runs deep through the canyon of Vallon Sourn, with rolling hills, meandering vines, centuries-old tree-lined roads and natural springs. The land surrounding the picturesque 18th Century château is rich in agricultural heritage, boasting a staggering 40-acre vineyard, along with a seven-acre olive grove and 200 acres of luscious forest.
Château Margüi dates back to Roman times, reinforcing the Skywalker philosophy of land stewardship and respect for terroir, which are strong characteristics of other Skywalker properties worldwide. The vineyard land is AOP Coteaux Varois en Provence classified, and strict vine species selection, soil preparation, and plantations are made under Organic Agriculture criteria. With such rigorous practices, the wine harvest highlights the authentic aromatic expression of the earth.
Domaine Du Canadel – George Clooney
Known for their love of Europe, George and Amal Clooney have recently jumped on the celebrity vineyard trend, purchasing a sprawling 425-acre estate in the Var. The 18th-century mansion sits centre stage amongst a serene and pin-drop-quiet private idyll just outside of the medical commune of Brignoles. The estates thriving leisure and recreational features include pea-gravel patios bordered by gorgeous box hedging, a dining terrace under a floral arched trellis and, beyond the 72-foot-long tree-shaded swimming pool, a pétanque court and a tennis court with a vine-shaded viewing platform.
Surrounding such beautiful exteriors is a pristine woodland with pastoral views of sweeping hills, a stunning lake, a lavender garden, a 1,000 tree olive grove and a 10-acre vineyard. Despite their sprawling and luscious vineyard, it is not yet known whether the couple intends to make wine from their vines. For now, they just enjoy the views.
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