Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a delightful village approximately 12km from Avignon. It is famous for its red wine produced from grapes in the region. The village has narrow winding streets with many pretty fountains. At the top of the hill is a large fortress castle, now in ruins. The day we visited, we were lucky the weather was beautiful, and sunny with temperatures in the early 30s, a perfect Summer’s day!
The village is picturesque and easy to walk around through its cobbled streets with many cafes and restaurants and of course shops geared towards the tourists.
Here at the end of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a little wine museum which contains medieval wine making tools and machinery.
Throughout the village there are lots of wine tasting shops. People can walk in for tasting and purchase bottles of wine, some are shops with a bar to sit or stand at for wine tasting and then there are some more fancy underground cellars which are very nicely presented.
Prior to our journey, we had settled on one with glowing reviews we found on trip advisor. We wandered in, without an appointment, but if you want more time it would probably be wise if you made one, as we were told there was a tour coming in 10 mins and we would not have much time there.
It was a lovely underground cellar, the lady was very knowledgeable and nice, however I felt pressure to do our wine tasting quick and felt a bit rushed. I would recommend a wine tasting as though I felt we should not delay her, it was nice and we enjoyed the wine!
Above are the three lovely bottles we decided to buy and they were delicious!
At the top of the village is an old fortress ruin which was home to the Popes in the 14th Century before they returned to Rome. The old castle can easily be reached by climbing the hill from the village, up wide stone steps.The panoramic views from here of the Rhone valley are spectacular.
Visiting Châteauneuf-du-Pape was one of our highlights in Provence, it is such a pretty, peaceful village. There are many tourists, but it still seems so peaceful.