Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of my favorite wine regions. It’s great to see this information pulled together here. Thank you!
As a prelude to our next post in which we will temporarily leave Italy and review a French Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, in this post we will provide a brief overview of the southern French wine region that goes by the same name, including its history, terroir, permitted grape varieties and winemaking practices.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is an area encompassing 3,200 HA of vineyards that is located in the southern part of the Rhône Valley, in France, between the towns of Orange (to the north) and Avignon (to the south).
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation Map – Courtesy of Fédération des syndicats des producteurs de Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Thirteen different grape varieties are authorized in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, with Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (the so-called “GSM“) being the dominating varieties, as well as the traditional core grapes in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape blend (see below for more information about these grape varieties). Other permitted varieties include Cinsaut
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I spent a summer in France when I was in college, studying French in Aix-en-Provence. Our group was taken to the Chateauneuf winery and — unaccustomed to drinking wine — tasted enough that the whole busload was blitzed going home. I recovered and agree that it’s a great wine! Hugs!Mary
Sounds absolutely wonderful!