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Chateauneuf du Pape

Chateauneuf-du-Pape (the Pope's new house) is a medieval village between the towns of Orange and Avignon and on the side of a hill, guarded by the ruins of an ancient chateau. From the chateau hill you have an outstanding view of vineyards in all directions.

Our private wine tours in the heart of Provence, visit top AOP crus in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes du Rhone Village,  Gigondas,  Vacqueyras,  Beaumes des Venise, Cairanne, Lirac, Tavel ( the first home to the rosé apellation), and Rasteau. 

Our philosophy is to visits vineyards who produce top rated wines (generally 90pts+), have a great welcome for guests and keep driving distances to a minimum. On certain routes we like to stop at only the most famous and interesting cultural sites. Avignon is the perfect starting point to begin your wine vacation and discover some of the best wines in France.

Sample Itineraries

Winemaker Day Tour

Visit 1
Vineyard visit to a producer of the least expensive 100pts wine
Visit 2
Tasting vist at a top small family producer awarded 99pts
Outdoor Lunch in the old town with a view of the vineyards
Visit 3
Vineyard visit & multi tasting at Château de Nalys
Visit 4
Tasting at a 16th century vineyard

Chateau Mont Redon

Château Mont-Redon owns 186 hectares in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, of which 100 are planted. They produce wines from three appellations in the Rhône valley: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac and Côtes du Rhône. They cultivate and vinify all 13 white and red grape varieties to make a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. Grenache is the predominant grape in all blends and with such a large palette of grapes, the vineyard is able to create subtle relationships and complexity between them. The proerty was mentioned as far back as 1344, “Mourredon”, as part of the Pope’s land holdings, and was officially recognised as a vineyard.

Chateau de Beaucastel

In 1549, Pierre de Beaucastel bought a plot of land at Coudoulet and built a manor house. In 1687, Pierre de Beaucastel was appointed « Capitaine de la ville de Courthezon » by Louis XIV, in recognition of his conversion to Catholicism.  Louis XIV's letter, also signed by Colbert, is still visible at the Château. The Chateau exists today much as it did in the 16th century.


Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC allows for 18 varieties of grapes. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre are the main 3 grape varieties used. The Grenache dominates and has an earthy, jammy consistency  of red fruits, cherry and prunes and high in alcohol. Syrah brings hints of pepper spice and black fruits and tannins for structure.  The Mouvedre grape brings hints of chocolate and licorice.

Close to Avignon are the AOC areas of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise  at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain range that divide the appellation in two distinct areas - one with a cooler climate making the wines a little fresher. These high alcohol content wines are produced with similar grapes and climate but vary due to the cooler elevation. 


The stony pebbles (Galets), is one of the secrets of the outstanding Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine. The stones soak up and store the heat from the Provencal sunshine during the day, and release the heat into the night, after sunset. The stones also serve as a protective layer to retain moisture in the soil during the dry summer months, depending on which direction the vineyard is facing.

Vacqueyras is only a few miles from Gigondas and shares a similar terroir, known for its power rather than its elegance. Producers of Vacqueyras use more Syrah than is used in Gigondas, which can make the style seem cooler.  Both are comparable to Chateauneuf du Pape wines but at much lower prices.  Beaumes de Venise has exceptional soil and produces a natural sweet Muscat de Beaumes de Venise.


The history of Provence could be told through the history of its vineyards, which have produced distinguished wines to honour the region for over 2,600 years, and is the oldest in France. You will find the great appellations d'origine controlee in an infinite choice of colours and Provencal grape varieties.

Vine cultivation, was already known to the Gauls, and was widely developed by the Romans. Monks were the first to clear the land and cultivate these vineyards. The arrival of the Popes and their desire to drink only the best wines wherever they went, further promoted the local wines as did the priests who were instrumental in extending vine cultivation.  In 1344, Mourredon, part of the Pope's land holdings, was officially recognized as a vineyard.

Provence is France's largest producer of rosé wines and 4th leading wine growing region. The wines benefit form the famous Provencal weather and Mistral winds.

Chateauneuf du Pape Wine Adventures

Chateauneuf du Pape is famous for it top quality red wines, which were the choice of Popes for hundreds of year. Avignon is our starting point and the gateway to Provence even though it is in the Cote du Rhone wine appellation. If visiting Avignon you will not want to miss Les Baux de Provence, Pont du Gard, and other Provencal highlights.

Multi Region Journeys

  • Best of the Best

    Chateauneuf du Pape (2 days)

    Visit family wineries awarded 95 -100pts for their wines
    Visit Château de Nalys and a 16th century vineyard
    Discover Gigondas, Vacqueras, Beaume de Venise in the mountains
    Overnight Crillon le Brave

    Chateauneuf-du-Pape Culture

    Chateauneuf du Pape / Cote de Provence (3 days)

    Visit family wineries in Chateauneuf du Pape and Tavel.
    Visit the Roman aqueduct at Pont du Gard and Amphitheatre in Orange
    Discover Les Borries, Gordes and gastronomic dining

    Rhone Valley Discovery

    Chateauneuf-du-Pape / Rhone Valley (5 days)

    Visit top family wineries in Chateauneuf du Pape and Bouches du Rhone wineries
    Discover Chapoutier, E.Guigal and the wines of Condrieu, St Joseph and Cote Rotie
    Visit the Roman aqueduct at Pont du Gard and Amphitheatre in Orange
    Discover Lyon and overnight Chateau Bagnols
    Full day winemaker visits in Beaujolais

    Rhone Valley & Provence

    Rhone Valley . Provence (10 days)

    Discover the wines of Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueras
    Visit the Roman aqueduct at Pont du Gard, Amphitheatre in Orange
    Discover Aix en Provence, Les Borries, Gordes and gastronomic dining
    3 day visit to Cru Classe Rosé vineyards and overnight at 5 star Chateau de Berne
    Visit a perfume maker in Grasse and overnight in Nice
    Visit Eze and Monaco
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