Growing A Vineyard In Emilio Estevez’s Backyard

on 26/01/11 at 10:12 am


Photo: Ann Johansson for The New York Times

ONE way to understand Emilio Estevez’s backyard vineyard might be to recall a scene from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Remember Richard Dreyfuss, after a run-in with a U.F.O., obsessively fashioning mountains out of mashed potatoes and shaving cream? Except for the U.F.O., that’s kind of how Mr. Estevez is about growing grapes.

“One day I came home and he had dug up all the grass,” recalled Sonja Magdevski, Mr. Estevez’s fiancée. “He was like: ‘We’re going to plant! We need more space!’ ”

The year was 2005, and Mr. Estevez was working on “Bobby,” a film he wrote and directed, about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The couple lived, as they still do, in a Spanish-style home on a one-acre lot in Malibu — not exactly a prime locale for vintners.

Mr. Estevez had already planted the front yard with vines, ignoring the protests of his parents, Martin and Janet Sheen, who live right down the street. (According to him, they said: “You’re out of your mind. What are you doing?”) Now, excepting the house, the pool and the bocce court, he was determined to fill almost every square inch of the property with 800 vines.

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