Châteauneuf du Pape

Village of Chateauneuf du Pape

The evolution of the name of the village over the centuries.

A document dating from 1094 testifies to the history of the village under the name of “Castro novo”, which means the “new fortified village”.

In the 13th century, the village is named “Châteauneuf-Calcernier”, “calcernier” indicating the quaried limestone produced in quantity on the commune whose quality and notoriety must have contributed to the economic success of the village of that time.

It was only in 1893, at the request of the mayor Joseph Ducos and his elected representatives, that the village was renamed “Châteauneuf-du-Pape”, thus referring to the country retreat of the popes which was built In the fourteenth century on the initiative of Pope John XXII.

The famous vineyards

Even though, archeological finds date viticulture in the area to at least the time of the Romans, the most ancient writings that reference the cultivation of the vine date from 1157. The arrival of the Popes in Avignon breathed new life into the vineyards and it was Clement V, in particular who showed great interest in wines from this vineyard.

His successor John XXII, Pope was responsible for the construction of the castle and was the main driving force behind the wines that he called “Wines of the Pope”. From 1325 to 1334, more than 3,000 liters of wine were sold at the Palais des Papes. In addition, the wines were appreciated by the many foreign ambassadors and dignitaries that were invite to receptions hosted a the palace. This promoted the reputation of the wines internationally and very quickly, barrels were shipped to Italy, Germany and England and also across the Atlantic. The barrel gave way to the sale of bottles in the 18th century.

In 1933, the area of appellation and the conditions of production of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation were confirmed, thus guaranteeing the origin and quality of the appellation.

Today, 3,200 hectares of vines bear the appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its wines are appreciated all over the world.

Domaine Grand Veneur

Domaine Font de Michelle

Domaine Roger Sabon

Domaine de la Charbonnière

Château du Beaucastel

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

Domaine la Roquète

Domaine de Pegau

Château Rayas

Domaine Charvin

Domaine Saint Préfert

Domaine de la Ronsière

Domaine de l’Harmas

Domaine des Chanssaud

Domaine de la Mordorée

Domaine du Galets des Papes

Domaine de Cristia

Château de la Nerthe

Domaine Raymund Usseglio

Domaine de la Janasse

Domaine de Marcoux

Domaine Giraud

Domaine Bosquet des Papes

Domaine Pierre Usseglio

Domaine Berthet-Rayne

Domaine Betrand Stehelin

Château de la Font du Loup

Le Vieux Donjon

Le Clos St Jean

Domaine Lucien Barrot & Fils

Clos du Mont Olivet

Mas de Boislauzon

Château Fortia

Domaine de Beaurenard

Domaine Paul Autard

Domaine du Grand Tinel

Clos des Papes

Domaine Bois de Boursan

Château Mont Redon

Domaine du Vieux Lazaret

Domaine de Villeneuve

Domaine de la Solitude

Domaine Duseigneur

Domaine de Montpertuis

Domaine de Panisse

Château de la Gardine

Domaine de Fontavin