Cotes du Rhone Provence Wine Region
Chateauneuf du Pape
Cote du Rhone wine is more often found as a Châteauneuf du Pape in the red
blend although whites are available.
If you are heading north from Avignon, Châteauneuf du Pape will be about 16
km, on the east side of the Rhone before you reach Orange. Wine tastings are
abundant among the 55 vineyards producing wine in the Châteauneuf du Pape
Pape in the name Châteauneuf du Pape refers to the French Popes of the 14
Century who from 1309 to 1378 had their headquarters in Avignon rather than
Rome and had summer quarters in Châteauneuf du Pape. Chateaneuf refers to
the chateau or castle of the Popes, now in ruins.
The Provence Wine Region of Chateauneuf du Pape still produces the famous Cote du Rhone wine but the
buildings that once were summer homes to the French Popes were destroyed during World War Two..
Visit the ruins North of Avignon where Chateauneuf du Pape will be on the east side of the Rhone River
before you reach Orange.
A vistitor walks beside the ruined castle of the 14th
century Popes. The Rhone River, in the distance in the
above photo flows south through a wine region of
The Provence Wine Region of Chateauneuf du Pape
contains clay soils and produces several wines called
Cote du Rhone. Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the
favorites of the Cotes du Rhone wines.
The Chateauneuf du Pape wine is a blend of as many as
thirteen red and white grape varieties including Grenache
The Provence Wine Region of Chateauneuf du Pape is notable for the Cote du Rhone wine, Chateauneuf
du Pape, a blend of the Syrah grape indigenous to the region and the Grenache, a Spanish or Sardinian
The Provence Wine Region of Chateauneuf
du Pape became well know as the summer
home of the 14th century Popes who ruled
A ruined castle,
WWII is all that
remains of the
summer home of the
14th century Popes.
Seven French Popes
Avignon from 1309
Several of the
and Popes owned
estate in the area
where they produced
The Provence Wine
Pape is home to 55
The Provence Wine Region of Chateauneuf du Pape offers wine cellars
and tasting tours and a wine museum displaying wine making tools
dating to the 16th Century.
The Cotes du Rhone Provence Wine Region
includes Chateauneuf du Pape, a region on the
banks of the Rhone River where wine of the same
name was made famous by activities of the 14th
Century French Popes.
The Côtes du Rhône Wine Region of which Chateauneuf du Pape is a small
- Northern Rhone, Southern Rhone Wines
section in the south, stretches from Lyon in the north to below Avignon in the
south. The Rhone valley ends at the Rhone River Delta and the Mediterranean
The northern section of Cotes du Rhone includes Vienne on the west side of the
Rhone River south of Lyon to Valence north of Montelimar.
The southern portion of Côtes du Rhône includes Montelimar to just below
Avignon and includes Chateauneuf du Pape, 16 km north of Avignon.
The southern portion of Cotes du Rhone extends deeply into Provence to the
east along the Durance River.
The Rhone River valley was one of the earliest wine regions in France and it was the Romans who
established the area as a wine region. They used the river to ship wine and grains south to the seaports
as they established provincial centers in Arles, Avignon, St Remy, Orange, and Nimes.
Côte Rôtie, (Roasted Coast) is a Northern Rhone wine, a blend of syrah and Voignier, that was one of
the earliest Cote du Rhone wines. This wine of the Northern Rhone, south of Lyon was exported by the
Romans who found the indigenous people using the Syrah grape, a red variety indigenous to the region,
when they arrived in 300 BC.
The Voignier, a white grape, is an ancient import to the region.
The Cotes du Rhone Wine, (Coast of the Rhone) Chateauneuf du Pape is a
blended wine and can include 13 grape varieties, Grenache Noir being one of
the more predominant. The Grenache vine is thought to have originated in Spain
or Sardinia but now is the fourth most popular vine grown in France. The
Grenache vine is wind tolerant and this is important along the Rhone Valley and
Provence where the Mistral winds can be heavy and constant in winter.
Another grape of the blend, the Syrah, is an indigenous vine grown in Roman
One other grape often in the blend is Mourvèdre, an ancient vine that goes back
to Phoenician times and came to France through Spain.
The Cotes du Rhone
Wine Region includes
Chateauneuf du Pape in
Provence, a region on
the banks of the Rhone
River which lends its
name to a wine made
famous by the activities
of 14th Century French
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Chateauneuf du Pape
Coast of the Rhone,
Cote du Rhone
Chateauneuf du Pape
in Provence offers
wine tasting in the
Provence Wine Region Chateauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône Provence