Français : Chateau de Chateauneuf du Pape, Vaucluse, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Français : Fêtes de la Véraison à Chateauneuf du Pape, Vaucluse, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Français : Clocher de l’église de Chateauneuf du Pape, Vaucluse, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The Castle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, summer residence the popes. It is also the city which produces one of the best wine in France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Vineyard in Chateauneuf du Pape, Vaucluse, France Français : Vignoble de Chateauneuf du Pape, Vaucluse, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Several French wines from the southern Rhone wine region all featuring the embossed papal crest that are unique to wine bottles from Chateauneuf du Pape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: 17th-century engraving of Pope John XXII. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A rocky vineyard with lots of large galet stones that has become emblematic of the French wine region of Chateauneuf-du-pape (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Français : Bouteille de Chateauneuf du Pape rouge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Clement VII, Pope of Avignon from 1378 to 1394, in Musée de Petit Palais in Avignon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Odoric of Pordenone and Pope John XXII. Français : Odoric de Pordenone et pape Jean XXII. Русский: Одорико Порденоне и Иоанн XXII (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Français : Muscats de Beaumes de Venise Blanc et Rosé (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Vineyard in the Aix-en-Provence wine region. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Located along the Southern Rhone Valley, some of the appellations in Provence include:
Muscat de Beaumes-de Venise, Tavel, Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape (new castle of the Pope) on the east bank north of Avignon.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine is a blend of up to 13 grapes, mostly Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah.
Pope John XXII, the “Wine Pope”, built his summer chateau north of Avignon in 1318. He was the Pope from 1316 until his death in 1334. He canonized St. Thomas Aquinas during his papacy. Visit his Papal Chateau. You can also visit the Musee des Outils de Vignerons near the Chateau with a tasting room: www.brotte.com
Under John XXII, the wines of this area came to be known as “Vin du Pape; which evolved to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.”
John XXII was the second Avignon Pope; the first Pope to live in Avignon was French-born Pope Clement V. The Avignon Papacy hosted 8 popes and
Français : Vue générale de Chateauneuf du Pape, Vaucluse, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
lasted for 70 years. These popes promoted viticulture on the banks of the Rhone River.
Today, the 7000 acres on the Rhone’s east Bank, north of Avignon is famous for chewy, majestic red wine.
Here are some Production Statistics from the official website:
area 3200 hectares
– 5 towns: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Courthézon Bédarrides Sorgue, Orange
– Average yield: 31 hl / ha
– 90.000 to 105.000 hectoliters of average annual production
– 320 winegrowers
– 5% of the production is vinified by a cooperation cellar
– 95% of red wines are produced, 5% white
– 12.5 °: minimum natural alcohol content by volume
Schedule a visit to Vinadea www.vinadea.com, the wine-tourisn hub showcasing the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation with tastings in a historic former coach house.
Maison des vins de Châteauneuf-du-Pape
8 rue maréchal Foch – BP 68
84232 Châteauneuf-du-Pape cedex
Tél: +33 (0) 4 90 83 70 69
Click here for more information: http://en.chateauneuf.com/wine-tourism
Français : La grand rue de Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here’s a wine map:
Rhône Valley / Southern: A detailed look at appellations including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras, as well as the Côtes du Rhône and named Côtes du Rhône-Villages
In the glass in partial view is the Hubert Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin 2003. French wine from the Cote de Nuits region of Burgundy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For more information on Rhone Wines visit:
Pope John XXII, elected by the conclave, retained the papacy in Avignon and was not a relative of Clement V (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Most of the Rose wine comes from the Cote de Provence between Nice and Aix-en-Provence. Tavel produces the most famous Rose, located 8 miles west of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
Wine-growing areas of Provence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)