Rupert Murdoch's $30 million Southern California estate is under threat from wildfires

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2017

The dramatic Skirball fire, which erupted in Los Angeles early Wednesday, may have reached Rupert Murdoch's Bel-Air estate and has threatened other multimillion estates in nearby neighborhoods whose star residents include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Around 200,000 people have been evacuated from the area and Californian Governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency.

At the time of writing, local firefighters are still working to contain the flames.

On Moraga Drive on Wednesday, gray smoke surrounded Murdoch's property, but neither the buildings nor the vineyards had burned.

"We believe the winery and house are still intact".

"We are monitoring the situation as closely as we can and are grateful for the efforts of all the first responders", Moraga estate posted to its Twitter account. The fire had reached 150 acres by 9:40 a.m. but was expected to grow due to gusting, 25-mph Santa Ana winds.

Murdoch reportedly paid $28.8 million in 2013 to purchase the Moraga Estate vineyard; he discovered in the "Mansion" section of the Wall Street Journal, one of the newspapers the Australian-born media mogul owns.

The grapes for this vintage will have been harvested, but there could still be some damage to the vines themselves.

They produce 10,000 bottles a year, around 70% of which is red Bordeaux-blends, and 30% is Sauvignon Blanc.

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