Hostellerie Chateau des Fines Roches

Route de Sorgues, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Provence, 84230, France
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Travel Tips for Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Medieval village in Provence

by lonestar_philomath

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 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. Off to the east and south, the Rhône winds across the fields, and the afternoon sun turns it silver.

Châteauneuf du Pape

by lonestar_philomath

"A Texan at Châteauneuf-du-Pape"

In January 1999 I drove my Honda civic From Zurich, Switzerland to Souston, France. I had read much about the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine so I decided to stop in the town on my way to Avignon. The ruins of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape castle are easy to get to and was still free admittance when I took my pictures.

I stopped at Domaine des Sénéchaux in town. I enjoyed imbibing the wine and ended up purchasing six bottles. I paid about $10 a bottle. Five years later I purchased a bottle of this same wine in the United States for $35 dollars! Domaine des Sénéchaux is one of the oldest domaines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape region with a history tracing back to the 14th century.

In the 14th century Pope Jean XXII chose Chateauneuf as the location for a summer residences. The Pope decided to plant vines on the stony land of their landholdings. For a long time the wine production remained secret, but became well known in the 18th century. It was not until 1929 that the area was officially recognized and bestowed with it's own appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This appellation means that the wine production in Chateauneuf du Pape is subject to strict controls ensuring the 55 vineyards produce extremely fine wines.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

by longsanborn

"Visiting France's famous wine growing region"

I went to Châteauneuf-du-Pape in May 2002. This is a village in Provence, in southern France. Its name derives from a castle built by the Popes when they ruled from Avignon. This village is dedicated to its world famous wine "Châteaunef du Pape" which is also part of the similarly famous Côtes du Rhône.

"Castle ruins"

We walked down the twisting narrow streets with their numerous beautiful fountains including the XIV° century Souspiron fountain, you'll see the ancient bread oven and olive press and you can walk as far as the Papal castle built by Pope Jean XXII between 1316 and 1333.

Wide stone staircases take you up to the fortress where the Popes lived until 1377, and their return to Rome. The fortress was badly destroyed by fire during the religious wars and then further damaged in 1944. Little remains apart from a short stretch of wall, one of the high towers and a lower room.

However from the ruins there is a 360 ° panoramic view over the Rhône valley , the Luberon, Avignon and the papal Palace which can be seen in the background.

"One of the best wine-growing region"

A bit of history: In the XIV century Pope Jean XXII, chose Chateauneuf as the location for their summer residences, and then decided to plant vines on the stony land which surrounded their landholdings.

For a long time the wine production remained a secret but started to become well known in the XVIII century but it was in 1929, that it was officially recognized and bestowed with it's own appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This appellation means that the wine production in Chateauneuf du Pape is subject to strict controls to ensure that the 55 vineyards produce an extremely fine wine.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape detail

by lonestar_philomath

Look closely at the car, you will see I still had Texas licence plates on it!

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a medieval castle build in the 14th century.

A literal translation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is "the Pope's new house". The Popes of Avignon built a summertime château (their summer palace) here to get away from the hustle-bustle of Avignon. Apart from the foundations, only two walls (towers?) remain facing the village, and they're still high and imposing, giving a good idea of what it was like here centuries ago.

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