Brad Pitt on Life as a Winemaker: ‘I’m a Farmer Now’

05/29/2014 at 12:50 PM ET

Brad Pitt: 'I'm a Farmer Now'
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As it turns out, being a driven Hollywood actor might be good preparation for the world of winemaking.

In 2012 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought the Miraval Estate in Provence, a world away from the Hollywood red carpet and its surrounding drama. Their first vino attempt, the Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval, was ranked as one of the top wines in the world.

“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 their new issue, on stands June 3. “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.”

But while some stars might just put their name on a product and reap the financial and public relations benefits, Pitt insists on being very involved in the winemaking process.

“I’m a farmer now,” he says. “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 a far cry from the intense scrutiny that’s often directed at Pitt and his family. “It’s very peaceful and the antithesis of the drive, the want, the need to get ahead indicative of life in Hollywood,” he says. “I’m instantly reminded what quiet sounds like.”

After the success of his first rosé, which sold out in five hours online, Pitt is setting his sights on producing a super Provence red wine next. (“Give us seven years,” Pitt promises.) Hopefully he’ll be getting some tips about how to keep up with intense customer demand while still making delicious wine.

—Lexi Dwyer

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Anais on

He has found the true meaning to life.. my grandfather made wine and was the happiest and healthiest person alive

Anonymous on

That sounds nice, and it must be relaxing to get away from all the craziness of Hollywood.
But him asking “Why can’t we make world-class wine in Provence?” is kind of funny, considering the area has been famous for wine forever.

dizzylucy on

That sounds nice, and it must be relaxing to get away from all the craziness of Hollywood.
But him asking “Why can’t we make world-class wine in Provence?” is kind of funny, considering the area has been famous for wine forever.

AnnG on

maybe this is a good time to retire from Hollywood letting that litter of kids have a normal existence for a change……..Brad and Angie are looking old and all raggy!!!!

Annie on

I’m all for making good wine, and I’m not usually a negative person on boards like this. However, this hit a little too close to home. I love Brad, but there is a distinct difference between being a farmer and owning a farm/vineyard. Watching my family actually work the soil with their own hands and now being lucky enough that we don’t have to has shown me that.

Nannyto1 on

Sounds wonderful!!

Guest on

Trying to reinvent his image again. He’s so fake.

Livstrong on

@AnnG – You know that’s not true – Brad is one of the finest looking 50 yr old men I’ve seen. Do you know any 50 y.o. looking half as hot? Please have a seat.

Margarita on

HE is like wine. The older the better. I have been a fan of his for most of his career (even the weird Juliet Lewis days). Someone who has a good head on his shoulder. Happy for him and Angelina Jolie.

Tracie on

Brad Pitt is as much a farmer as my dog is the Queen of The British Empire. Coming from a farming family in a farming area I can only assume that this is Mr. Pitt’s tongue in cheek self deprecation…otherwise he has lost touch with reality.

whaticareabout on

I am never negative and I have NEVER posted anything online before but I had to say something here. He sounds so insanely pretentious and full of himself. Either he is trying really hard to sound down to earth or he is a complete narcissist. It is as if every word was planned to sound just right. What happened to the “salt of the Earth” Brad we all loved? True, he and Angelina do incredible things for those in need. But with millions of dollars, isn’t that something that you should do? Ah, I am ranting. I am sure they are lovely people but this article left a really bad taste in my mouth.

Jennifer on

Sounds wonderful and it’s good to know he’s doing something that he enjoys!

Just Sayin' on

He resembles Robin Thicke in that photo…

Lily on

He & Gwyneth Paltrow ought to get together – both full of themselves. Farmer? Right.

Guest on

An insult to farmers and winemakers everywhere. Glom onto something else brad. His ego is a huge as his head. How about going home and raising your kids. Or don’t you live there anymore? It’s just all for show.

rker321 on

At least Pitt is not a licencee like many other Hollywood actors and actresses, they sell clothes and perfumes and people think that they actually own and make those products. they simply lend their names to the product just like Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray , Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson and many others. they simply lend their names to the products they don’t own the companies that manufacture the items

Anon on

He is no more of a farmer than I am…

JR on

The wine is excellent! I gave it as gifts and kept a few bottles for myself.

Anonymous on

Can I join you?mmm

winelovel on

Can I join you?Sound samazing expreience.:)

Anonymous on

So pretentious.

Mary on

Reviews described his product as “fart wine.” It sells because of their name, not because of the quality. He also sounds pretentious.

Anonymous on

I think he is joking about being a farmer. It doesn’t sound like it, but I think that it is tongue and cheek.

anon on

Ann G…maybe you can go get an education and spare us all of your stupidity!!!! Old and raggy? People age you moron! Do you think you won’t?

Brooke on

It’s nice that he and his family have that. It’s easy to fall in love with vineyards :)

anonymous on

Brad Pitt thinks he’s a farmer. Seriously? If Gwyneth Paltrow said this everyone would calling her pretentious and out of touch.

FarmerForLife on

You are not a farmer! Trust me, you are something (so you think) but you are definitely NOT a farmer, and for the sake of TRUE farmers, dont ever say you are again.

comeon on

I don’t have an opinion on the man and I’m sure the wine isn’t sour grapes – however, the moment someone realizes he is behind the label with interviews he agrees to do, it is as good as slapping one’s name on it. I also think there is little doubt the wine wouldn’t have sold out in 5 hours if he weren’t Brad Pitt.

Micky on

AnnG. are you serious Brad is looking damn good for fifty and Angie well you probably wish you looked like her you sound like a bitter old trashy and raggedy troll get a life

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