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Châteauneuf-du-Pape: vin du pape

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This village has been associated with Pope history since several Popes resided in Avignon during the 14th century. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, located just 18km from Avignon, was the summer home of the Avignon Popes. The name “Châteauneuf-du-Pape“ literally means the new castle of the Pope.

The village locates on the side of a hill where the ruins of the castle stand after centuries. We can still imagine how it would have looked like even only two walls remain now.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

However we came here for another reason. We were here for the most famous wine in the Rhône region, Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC. (AOC, Appellation d’OrigineContrôlée, is a certification for wines that are approved for certain geographically defined restrictions). But to be honest, I didn’t know where else to go as well…
’cause just so you know, all these entries were my old travels and I didn’t visit the places in the order I wrote them. So Châteauneuf was in fact a trip I made almost by the end of my stay in Nîmes.

Vineyards are located around the village. Some of the vineyards (most are called “Domaine —”) on the way to Châteauneuf-du-Pape are opened for visit. But if for whatever reason you cannot have a visit, there are wine shops all over the village. Wine tasing is always possible which of course leads to some (or a lot) purchase!

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The area mainly produces red wine with only a small quantity of white wine. It is allowed to use 18 different grape varieties. Blah blah blah. I am really not an expert of wine, so rather than reading my words, I invite you all to travel to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. After all, wine is a main part of French culture and who can enjoy a trip without some wines.

à votre santé 🙂

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