A tall, blond woman in jeans and a broad hat leans on a vineyard post, surveying the scene beneath her. Nearby Santa Monica Bay glistens on the horizon as a sea breeze travels up the steep hillside. Jerry Hall lives a life most people only dream about.
Two-stepping out of Texas at age 17 to model in Paris, the six-foot stunner once shared an apartment with Grace Jones and Jessica Lange, served as the muse for former fiancé Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music album “Siren,” and jet-setted through a 20-year-plus relationship with Rolling Stone’s frontman Mick Jagger, with whom she has four children.
Along the way, she found time for acting, including a role in the 1989 “Batman.” After several years of solo summering along the French Riviera with her children, Hall married media mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of Moraga Bel Air Vineyard Estate in Los Angeles, in 2015.
Moraga Bel Air, a Bordeaux-style estate developed by former Northrop Corporation CEO Tom Jones in the 1980s, overlooks the Getty Museum and Santa Monica Bay; Murdoch bought the vineyard in 2013.
“Rupert promised Tom Jones that he would preserve and conserve the beautiful vineyard,” says Hall. “It’s a bit of old California with all the live oak trees. We have two owls living here and caught a mountain lion on our security cameras. We both love living on working agricultural land.”
In addition to helping run the 13,000-bottle estate, Hall also attends the University of California, Davis online certificate in winemaking program. “We are an estate wine and do everything here,” says Hall. “We are lucky to have had some of our workers here for 40 years. I am in my third year doing online classes at UC Davis, getting my winemaking certificate.”
Model and actress Jerry Hall has always changed her life with head-turning ease.
5 wines that changed Jerry Hall:
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais
“When I first went to Paris [at] age 17 to be a model, I started drinking red wine at dinners. Beaujolais was what we were all drinking then, as light and cheap,” recalls Hall.
Fresh, fruity, easy-drinking Beaujolais hails from the southernmost region of Burgundy, where Gamay thrives in the wine region’s ancient granite soils. Producer Georges Duboeuf founded Les Vins Georges Duboeuf in 1964, propelling Beaujolais into popularity about the time Hall started strutting her stuff on Parisian runways.
This accessible, dark-ruby robed wine bursts with vibrant red and dark fruits, soft tannins, and a flirty finish.
Current Vintage: Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais 2021 (~$13)
Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal
“Once I moved to London, and was engaged to Bryan Ferry, we drank a lot of Champagne,” says Hall. “Cristal was our favorite.”
Dubbed “The Tsar’s Wine,” because in 1876 Russia’s Tsar Alexander asked Louis Roederer to reserve the best house Champagne, or “tête du cuvée,” for him every year. Cristal’s distinctive bottle design — the flat-bottomed, transparent lead-crystal vessel — thwarted possible assassins wishing to hide a bomb and lent the Champagne its name.
Produced only during the best vintages, regal, golden-robed Cristal comprises approximately 40% Chardonnay, about 60% Pinot Noir, and is aged for six years in the cellar, plus another eight months after disgorgement.
Current Vintage: Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal (~$672)
Dom Pérignon Premier Cru Champagne
“Once I moved to New York with Mick Jagger, and we went to Studio 54,” says Hall. “We were all drinking Dom Pérignon.”
Supposedly, 17th-century Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon crafted the first Champagne. Moët & Chandon nods to him with their top cuvée Dom Pérignon, first released in 1936. Today, stars like Lady Gaga and Lenny Kravitz still prefer celebrating with the fancy fizz.
Only the house chef de cave may declare a vintage worthy to bottle as Dom Pérignon. Each approved vintage derives from the estate’s finest grapes, and varies in style and flavor profile, but all age a minimum of seven years before release.
Current Vintage: Dom Pérignon Premier Cru Champagne (~$385)
Domaines Ott Côtes de Provence Rosé Coeur de Grain Château de Selle
“Once divorced, I spent a lot of summers in the South of France,” remembers Hall, speaking of her relationship with Mick Jagger, “where I had a house and would take my children for summer beach holidays, and I drank rosé — Domaines Ott.”
Founded in 1896 by Marcel Ott, Domaines Ott includes three domaines spanning two wine regions: Château de Selle in the noble heart of the Var; sea view Clos Mireille in Côtes de Provence; and Château Romassan along coastal Bandol.
Pale pink Château de Selle rosé combines a number of local varieties, including Grenache for color, Cinsault for softness, Syrah and Mourvèdre for fruit notes.
Current Vintage: Domaines Ott Côtes de Provence Rosé Coeur de Grain Château de Selle (~$30)
Château Lafite Rothschild
Since marrying Murdoch, Hall has added another special wine to her list. “Château Lafite Rothschild is a special wine for us.” She explains that Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, gave the couple two bottles of Hall’s birth year of 1956 as a wedding present. “We drank one on our honeymoon, and one on our first-year anniversary.”
This historic first-growth estate in the Pauillac region of Bordeaux is famed for its complex Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot blends. It is one of the most sought-after wines in the world.
Current Vintage: Château Lafite Rothschild (~$3,500)