The appellation

Chateauneuf du Pape is known for its wines around the world. Behind this prestigious name are hidden numerous riches, wine of course but also historical and cultural.

It is the popes who first revealed the « terroir » of Chateauneuf-du-Pape when they settled in Avignon in the XIV° century. The wine became the « Vin des Papes » and was sought after by the finest European courts.

Strong assets to achieve excellence-The « terroir » : Defined between 1924 an 1929, the appellation covers 3200 hectares. On the West, the soil is made up of  limestone and on the East, of sandy hillsides and shingles which store and radiate heat during the night. The subsoil is made up of red clay.

-The Mediterranean climate : Thanks to the « mistral » (north wind) the vineyard gets a lot of sunshine. The wind also reduce the rainfall and its bad effects.

-The thirteen grape varieties : The only grape varieties allowed are Grenache Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Clairette, Vaccarèse, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Counoise, Muscardin, Picpoul, Picardan and Terret noir, each one bringing its own characteristics: color, structure, fragrance, freshness and longevity.