Wine: A magnate for the nouveau riche

Prieuré Saint Jean de Bébian is a château with generations of history, and has attracted a Russian billionaire with plans for ambitious growth, writes Tomás Clancy.

28th April, 2012
Wine: A magnate for the nouveau riche
Vineyards in Languedoc: Russian oil and gas billionaire Dmitri Pumpyansky owns the Prieuré Saint Jean de Bébian. Photo: Getty

Vineyards are seductive places where the whole of nature seems in balance.

Yet creating a rural idyll which produces great wine and a solid annual income requires immense amounts of money. So it is not too surprising that so many of the world's great vineyards are essentially the play-things of the wealthiest individuals on the planet.

A great winery overlooking manicured, fecund vineyards is the ultimate aphrodisiac. It is the example of man using all...

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