May 30, 2014 — -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are synonymous with Hollywood glam, but the parents of six recently got into wine making and couldn't be happier with the quiet of the vineyard they bought in Provence, France.
Pitt, 50, told Wine Spectator for its June issue that spending time out of the craziness of Hollywood is a good thing.
“It’s very peaceful and the antithesis of the drive, the want, the need to get ahead indicative of life in Hollywood," he told the magazine. "I’m instantly reminded what quiet sounds like.”
In the magazine, which hits stands June 3, Pitt added about his passion for making wine with Jolie. "I’m a farmer now. 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.”
In fact, Pitt isn't just dipping his toe into the wine business but going full force.
“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," he said. "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.”
Pitt and Jolie's rosé from Château Miraval rated an outstanding 90 points on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale and ranked among the Top 100 of 2013, according to the magazine. Pitt said that's just the beginning.
“What really interests me now are the reds…We envision a superb Provence red. A super Provence. Give us seven years,” he said.