The Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation is located in the southern part of the Rhone Valley, between Orange and Avignon.
Today, among the famous estates on the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation are Rayas, Domaine du Vieux Telegraph, Château de Beaucastel, Domaine de la Mordorée.
Pebbles, gravel or sand are the characteristic soils of the appellation. There are 13 grape varieties typical of the vineyard, the 3 main ones in terms of volumes produced are: Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.
Formerly known as Châteauneuf-Calcernier, it was Joseph Ducos (owner of Château la Nerthe) who campaigned to rename the commune "Châteauneuf-du-Pape". The vineyard is dominated by the castle in which the Popes of Avignon came to spend the summer.
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