On the way to Avignon, after visiting the city of Orange, we stopped to visit the people who elected many popes as a holiday when they were headquartered in Avignon. Châteauneuf was the current Castel Gandolfo. Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( New Castle of the Pope) has given us a big ocean glued to the river vineyards, with a lovely view while driving and some lovely photos of one of the major wine regions of southern France. It is nice to leave the car and wander as you discover cellars, wineries, restaurants... But what is the best in the town are the ruins of the castle of the Popes that offers views of the town and the valley of the Rhone. A carpet of green velvet and the bottom, the blue of the Grand Rhone. During our visit us the unflappable Mistral that blew up the castle accompanied us and we vehemently tried to keep up. It was fun, it's impossible to maintain balance and to take the picture. The Best thing of Châteauneuf, was to enjoy a marriage of Provencal food and wine from this area with denomination of origin itself. Then we toured many wineries for some tasting. In the end, we came back from our vacation with many bottles , because of course it would be a mistake not doing so as they are one of the most legendary wines of the Rhone Valley and of France. For a wine lover is a must-do.
You have to spend some time on a trip through Provence to enjoy this world famous wine. His AOC (Appellation d'Origne contrôlée), which amounts to the PDO, comprises an area of 32 square kilometres. There are 320 growers producing almost 14 million bottles yearly. All of the wine is either red or white, the pink variety is not allowed. There are strict rules that allow the use of 13 different types of grapes harvested manually. These wineries boast of having the best wine growers. The winery is very nice and has Roman ruins in the background. The wines can be viewed on their website. Around the village you can take part in wine tasting at different prices and you must finish the day eating somewhere that has a good wine list. The view from the castle is beautiful and whole environment with the vineyards, fantastic. A visit that cannot be missed in the heart of Provence.