Where should I go next?…
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.
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!
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 🙂