Châteauneuf du Pape

Châteauneuf du Pape (New Castle of the Pope) is named for the Pope’s summer retreat but is now a ruin. In 1308, Pope Clement V, former Archbishop of Bordeaux, relocated the papacy to the city of Avignon. It is a beautiful hill top town where we had a wonderful meal at Le Verger des Papes. Today the town is famous for its blend of 8 different grapes, with Grenache being the prominent grape, which is well controlled to produce “big” wines.