George and Amal Clooney move into Provence estateBy Lucy Shaw
Having been embroiled in a legal battle over the purchase of Domaine du Canadel, George and Amal Clooney finally have the keys to the Provence estate.
As reported by Decanter, the Clooneys look set to put the commune of Brignoles on the map following the purchase of the 18th century estate in Provence.
The powerful pair were photographed moving into their sprawling new pad last week following a legal battle to secure the in-demand property, which sold for around €7 million.
Local mayor Didier Brémond shared the news of their arrival on Twitter with a photo of himself between the Hollywood actor and the human rights lawyer.
As reported by Decanter, Brémond wrote in the post: “Welcome to Brignoles. It’s now official. George and Amal Clooney are residents of our beautiful commune.”
The Clooneys invited Brémond to the 172ha Domaine du Canadel last week while they were settling in.
The estate boasts vineyards, a lake, olive groves, a swimming pool and tennis courts, making it the perfect getaway in the south of France. It’s garden is said to be one of the most beautiful in Provence.
The Clooneys aren’t the first famous residents in Provence – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Château Miraval is nearby, while actor John Malkovich owns a vineyard property with his wife in Vaucluse and Hollywood producer George Lucas owns the nearby Château Marguï.
It is not known yet whether the couple intend to make wine from their vines.
The estate’s grapes are currently sent to the local cooperative, where they are blended with those from nearby properties, so there is no wine brand connected to Domaine du Canadel.
George Clooney is no stranger to the drinks trade, having sold his super-premium Casamigos Tequila brand to Diageo in 2017 for a staggering US$1 million.