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Rupert Murdoch Buys $30M Private Vineyard in L.A.

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has confirmed—via Twitter, of all things—that he has indeed picked up Bel Air's Moraga Vineyards, the 13-acre estate that former Northrop Grumman CEO Thomas Jones listed for $29.5M back in February. According to the brokerbabble, the property, which the New Yorker once called "the only commercial vineyard in Los Angeles," includes 13 acres of "sun-drenched hillsides and shaded canyons," plus a 7,500-square-foot, toile-infused main house, a two-bedroom guest cottage, an on-site wine cave, and a 4,400-square-foot "office building."

According to the L.A. Times, in the 1930s and '40s, the property was a horse ranch owned by old Hollywood director Victor Fleming, he who masterminded both Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. The story also reports that the property was the first commercial winery to be bonded in L.A. after Prohibition ended in 1933. It's pretty cool, all right, but you know what would make it all even better? If somebody Instagrammed a photo of Murdoch—who sold off his Long Island estate in Fall 2011 yet still has plenty of other mansions as backup—on that tree swing.

· Here's the $30 Million House and Vineyard Rupert Murdoch Just Bought in Bel Air [Curbed LA]
· 1050 Moraga Ave, Bel Air, Calif. [Redfin via Curbed LA]
· All Rupert Murdoch coverage [Curbed National]