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Brad Pitt’s Opens Up on Winemaking Business, Says ‘Compulsive Nature’ Helps

May 30, 2014 04:03 AM EDT
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(Photo : Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier) Actor Brad Pitt has a few words for the man who punched him at the premiere of his partner, Angelina Jolie’s new film, “Maleficent,” in Los Angeles last week.

Brad Pitt opened up about his newest venture; winemaking, E! reported.

While the Oscar-winning actor and his wife Angelina Jolie originally bought their Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé estate as a family retreat, they were eventually drawn in by the intricate art of producing the high class beverage beloved around the world.

Now, Pitt's foray into winemaking brought him into the spotlight of the world of connoisseurs.

The actor's wines proved high enough quality that "Master Chef" Joe Bastianich even gave them a thumbs-up and Pitt is now gracing the June issue of Wine Spectator.

As for how he reached that point, the actor opened up about his experiences working the vineyard to the magazine.

"I'm a farmer now," said Pitt of his current status. "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?"

Pitt explained how taking care of the vineyard is a procedural learning experience and how he enjoys doing it. "It's been a schooling for me," said the actor. "In the off months, I enjoy cleaning the forest and walking the land."

The vineyard the actor owns expands across about 1,000 acres, with all 6,000 bottles selling out within hours when the first batch hit shelves in March 2013.

Its success is owed to the actor's own "compulsive nature," according to Pitt himself.

"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," said the actor.

He explained that his winemaking procedure is similar to how he tackles a film, with the top always being his aim.

"I asked the question, 'Why can't we make world-class wine in Provence?' the actor explained. "Let's approach it like a film, and let's make something we can be proud of and people can enjoy.

"We envision a superb Provence red. A super Provence. Give us seven years."

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