Chateauneuf du Pape
– Beautiful and one of the best wine villages in France
Away from the coastal regions of the French Riviera, Southern France has many more treats in store.
The small commune Chateauneuf du Pape may be in the province of Provence, but it still belongs to the Rhone Valley wine district.
A half or whole-day excursion to this scenic village may be enough to explore the beauty and taste some great wines.
Chateauneuf du Pape is known as the summer residence for the Popes in Avignon.
Avignon was the seat of the popes between the years 1309 – 1377.
It may be hard to imagine this now, but back in those days, the ‘Avignon Popes’ had a great love for wine, drinking large quantities and helping promote the local wines to others.
The Chateauneuf du Pape wine is terrific and a bit expensive.
If you’re interested in buying some of the local Chateauneuf du Pape wines, this is the best place to do so.
Prices can be double and up to three times more expensive at home (especially in Scandinavia), so you’ll save on any bottles you purchase here.
Chateauneuf du Pape is all about Wine
One of my favourite pastimes in Chateauneuf du Pape is to wander along the numerous wines’ quaint streets and taste samples.
You’ll find wine merchants around almost every corner, and because it’s all about the wine here, this is an excellent place for wine lovers!
A marvellous Castle Hotel
Stay at an excellent and beautiful castle in Chateauneuf du Pape.
Hostellerie du Château des Fines Roches is a 4-star castle hotel with a gourmet restaurant.
The pool area has excellent surroundings, and you can sit on the terrace with beautiful panoramic views of the vineyards.
Chateau de Varenne, only 4 kilometres from Chateauneuf du Pape, is another castle hotel that gives you the feeling of an authentic French castle.
The hotel has pleasant surroundings with stunning views over the Luberon and Mont Ventoux.
The hotel also has a tremendous relaxing outdoor pool area.
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