The founder and CEO of business property specialists Regus, Mark Dixon, has acquired the Château de Berne wine estate located between Lorgues and Flayosc, in the Var, in the heart of the Provence vineyards, for around EUR20m.

Owned by the Muddyman family, the estate, totalling 500 ha, has 80 ha under vines and also incorporates a luxury hotel.

It produces more than 400,000 bottles of AOC ¨Provence rosé, red and white wines a year.

"The estate's rosé wine in particular has enormous opportunity for growth as its popularity soars worldwide and wine-buyers continue to look to this region as the market leader in quality produce wine," he says.

The development of the estate is set to focus on extending the vineyards to around 100 ha and increasing annual output to between 500,000 and 600,000 bottles.