Chateauneuf du Pape, France
The Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is a medieval village on the side of a hill, guarded by the ruins of an ancient chateau towering above. From the chateau hill you have an outstanding view in all directions, mostly of vineyards, of course. The village streets are narrow, curving around the hillside or climbing up and down between the houses. The buildings are old, but everything is very thoroughly restored, and this is clearly a tourist town, and its purpose is to sell wine.
Vineyards are located around Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in the neighboring villages Bédarrides, Courthézon and Sorgues between Avignon and Orange and covers slightly more than 3,200 hectares or 7,900 acres (32 km2). Over 110,000 hectolitres of wine a year are produced here.
Unlike its northern Rhône neighbors, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (AOC) permits thirteen different varieties of grape; the blend is usually predominantly Grenache. Other red grapes include Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Muscardin, Syrah, Terret Noir, and Vaccarèse. White grapes include Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picardan, Roussanne, and Picpoul.
Things to see and do
* Chateau ruins
* Views from the Chateau hill
* Wine tasting
* Village walk
Cruise Season – March - Dec
Currency – Euro (EUR)
Language – French
Land Area – 25.85 km²
Population – 2,062 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style.
Time – UTC plus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44
Travel Links – Avignon has train or bus connections to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nîmes, Saint Remy-de-Provence, Paris. Cavaillon has bus connections to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Saint Remy-de-Provence. Pertuis has bus connections to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.