Johnny Depp has bought his long-term girlfriend Vanessa Paradis a vineyard, say UK press reports.

According to news channel Sky and UK daily newspaper Metro, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 44, bought the French property as a gift to celebrate the release of Paradis’ new album, Divinidylle.

The estate is close to the villa they share in Plan de la Tour, a village in the Massif des Maures hills 15km northwest of St Tropez.

Locals of Plan de la Tour said they were looking forward to the couple’s attendance at the village wine fête.

‘I often see them in the village,’ said M. Teyssier, the fête’s organiser. ’Vanessa has been in touch as she would like to participate in next year’s wine fête. She will be a great asset to the event.’

However, a spokesperson for the only local wine co-operative, Les Fouleurs de Saint Pons, told decanter.com that the estate bought by Depp did not contain any winemaking facilities.

‘It’s not a vineyard, it’s an immense property,’ she said. ‘It’s vast so it could have some vines on it but we don’t receive any of their grapes.’

Depp is known for his love of French wines, revealing last year that his favourite tipple is Bordeaux third growth Château Calon-Ségur.

Pétrus and Château Cheval-Blanc are also among the actor’s favourites.

‘With those wines, you reach nirvana’, he told Madame Figaro magazine.

Written by Lucy Shaw, and Oliver Styles