Châteauneuf-du-Pape of Course

No trip to the Southern Rhone would be complete without a visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Note this town doesn’t have the variety of shops found in some of the other Rhone wine villages.  We had a fun time and would certainly recommend spending a day, just know that the town is about the wine and not too much else; oh the wine! (click on any photo to start a slide show)

 Tour the Town and Ruins

Lunch at La Maisouneta
La Maisouneta
is a great choice for a meal in a fun, relaxed bistro atmosphere.  Good homemade food, nice choice of local wines, and very reasonable prices.  Menu du Jour including entrée, plat & dessert: 15€  Highly recommended!

The Wine Museum at Brotte
Our friend Thomas at Domaine Rouge-Bleu set us up for the museum tour and tasting at Brotte.  He designed the recent update to the winemaking museum (He also recommended La Maisouneta).  The story behind the Brotte “La Fiole du Pape” is fascinating and well worth reading.

Visit and Tasting at Beaurenard

Our Minneapolis friend, Fred Petters, works for Worldwide Cellars, one of Domaine de Beaurenard‘s US importers.  He highly recommended we visit them.  Added bonus, we can buy their wines in Minnesota.  Deal!

Domaine de Beaurenard is a biodynamic grower/producer making Châteauneuf-du-Pape from 32 hectares of vineyards, Rasteau (another of the named crus) from 25 hectares, and about 5 hectares of Cotes du Rhone.

Avignon is only a short distance away

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The Palace of the Popes is especially beautiful at night.

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10 Responses to “Châteauneuf-du-Pape of Course”
  1. Theresa says:

    Lovely travelogue. Next time we’re in France, it will be added to the list of places to see. Thanks!

  2. Fred Petters says:

    Nice story and photography Jeff – Beaurenard included! Thanks,
    Fred

  3. Love your layout, Jeff. Looking forward to seeing your pix from Piemonte. By the way, you were not responsible for the rain…..it continued after you left! 🙂

  4. timmilford says:

    Great photos! Now I have to add Châteauneuf-du-Pape on my list of places that I have to visit.

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