Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reportedly come to an agreement on one thing: the $164 million (R2,46 billion) vineyard they’d shared in the French countryside and the venue for their 2014 wedding.
The couple formerly known as Brangelina have been battling it out over the romantic 13th-century Château Miraval – a 400-ha estate in the Provence region of southern France – in which they were equal shareholders.
Angie (46) has sold her 50% stake in Château Miraval for an undisclosed amount. It’s been alleged things turned nasty when she tried to cut Brad (57) out of the chance to make a profit on the sale.
“It’s another example of Angelina trying to circumvent the rules and avoid their obligations,” a source told Page Six.
The pair acquired Chateau Miraval in 2012 for an estimated $60 million (then about R510 million). They decided to put their names on a line of rosé wine made from grapes grown on the property. According to Wine Spectator, the Hollywood power couple “partnered with the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel to release their first wines in 2013”.
“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,” Brad told Wine Spectator. “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.”
The picturesque vineyard, which has increased in value by more than $100 million (R1,5 billion) since they bought it, was also where their love was cemented.
Brad and Angie exchanged vows at Château Miraval in an intimate ceremony, with Angelina in a Versace gown and veil decorated with her children’s drawings.
Two years later it was all over and the pair have been fighting ever since over custody of kids Pax (17), Zahara (16), Shiloh (15) and twins Vivienne and Knox (13). Eldest son Maddox is now 20 and therefore not part of any custody agreement.
While Brad and Angie’s relationship has soured, the sprawling wine estate was once a place of happy memories and family holidays and even after their split it was reported they wanted hold on to the property as a legacy for their kids.
“It’s an investment for their family and their children. We have long-term projects and have just released the latest vintage of rosé with our names: ‘bottled by Pitt, Jolie and Perrin’ on it,” Miraval's vintner, Charles Perrin, told the Daily Mail in 2018.
Even as the relationship between Brad and Angie disintegrated, their devotion to Miraval continued, with the property being kept in tip-top shape. But in the end it seems the 35-room château served as too painful a reminder of happier times.
Since the sale of Angie’s half, Brad and the Perrin family have taken on new partners – Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of the Stoli Group known for producing and managing a global spirits portfolio.
"We are thrilled to have a position alongside Brad Pitt as curators of their extraordinary vintages," said Stoli group CEO Damian McKinney.
SOURCES: MERCURYNEWS.COM, THEGUARDIAN.COM, HOLLYWOODLIFE.COM, PAGESIX.COM, WINESPECTATOR.COM, DAILYMAIL.CO.UK