Château Margüi joins George Lucas’ Skywalker Vineyards family

Wednesday August 23 2017 by Vitisphere

Château Margüi, which has been managed for over forty years with no chemical inputs, is light years away from sci-fi. The impressive 18th-century, sensitively-restored farmhouse exudes a sense of tranquillity in the heart of Provence, the kind of unwavering strength that has appealed to so many over the years. This is perhaps what persuaded film director George Lucas to part with 9.5 million euros (according to comments in the media by the mayor of Châteauvert) to become its new owner. The property has an undeniable stature: it covers 115 hectares, including fifteen or so planted to traditional local grape varieties Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet and Vermentino, along with an olive grove, fruit trees and a landscaped kitchen garden.

30 hl/ha

A curb is kept on yields which are in the range of 30 hl/ha. The Château produces approximately 70% of bottled wines a year, including 45% rosé, 25% red and 25% white. Thirty-five percent of them are sold to export markets, 35% at the cellar door and to private customers, 15% to wine merchants and 15% to Horeca channels.

Philippe Guillanton, its owner for seventeen years, is currently ensuring the transition over to new ownership. He said the Château should benefit from a 15-million-euro investment by the Skywalker Vineyards company in which George Lucas is a majority shareholder and which also includes Italian and Californian properties. For Lucas, this means being just fifteen minutes away from Château Miraval, owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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