Chateauneuf du Pape village in Provence
Chateauneuf du Pape, the pope's summer residence and vineyards
Chateauneuf du Pape is located about 20kms north of Avignon.
In the 14th century, John XXII built a papal summer residence in the little village.
The Pope was also a wine connoisseur and largely contributed to the development of local viticulture.
The many vineyards he planted produced the Vin du Pape (pope's wine), hence the name of the vineyard and village which evolved into Chateauneuf du Pape.
The road that links Avignon to Chateauneuf du Pape indeed runs through a land of vineyards.
They stretch to the horizon, covering the tiniest plot of cultivated land.
Several small wine cellars and the Musée des Outils de Vignerons will allow you to discover the history and making of this great wine.
One of the building boasts a stunning wine cellar dug into the rock during the Roman times and continuously used since the Middle Ages.
Chateauneuf du Pape, a typical Provencal village
This picturesque medieval village boasts also a rich architectural heritage.
A stone arch, probably an old entrance that once led to the castle, accesses the upper part of the picturesque village.
Sadly the castle was severely damaged at the end of WWII, but its ruins are still impressive.
They give a very good idea of the imposing size of the building, which boasted prime views over the plains of Comtat Venaissin.
The village attracts thousands of tourists, but you can escape the crowds by visiting in spring, as it is already lively.
Numerous festivals, wine fairs, wine tasting competitions and other events revolving around the wine theme, indeed take place at various time of the year!
Photo via Wikimedia Commons: Musee du Vin by jean-louis zimmermann is licensed CC BY 2.0 - Village by Aa77zz is licensed under CC0
Department of Vaucluse.
Coordinates: Lat 44.056556 - Long 4.831281
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