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Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Châteauneuf-du-Pape


The name Châteauneuf-du-Pape originates from a 12th century castle that was built here. From the 14th century on, the Popes that had settled in Avignon, used this castle. After the first world war Châteauneuf-du-Pape became the first wine region that used limiting regulations to increase and control the quality of the wines produced in its territory.


- Surface: 3200 ha.
- Only wines from special parcels of the communes Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Bédarides, Courthézon, Orange en Sorgues.
- Only red and white wines
- Grape varieties red and white wines: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Picpoul, Terret noir, Counoise, Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Picardan, Cinsault, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc.
-Production max. 35 hl. per ha.

Sandy and gravely soil with a subsoil of red clay. Visually dominated by its big round stones.
Cobble Sand

Mediterranean climate dominated by the mistral, a strong, cold wind from the north, that can last for several days. Very dry wine region, the driest of the Rhône area. The vineyards are filled with big round stones. During the days these stones absorb the heat to be radiated to the vines during the colder nights.
Dry summers Mediterranean Mistral