An Overview of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation and Its Wines

Check out on Flora’s Table our overview of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region and appellation, including its history, terroir, permitted grape varieties and winemaking practices.
Enjoy! 🙂

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As a prelude to our next post in which we will temporarily leave Italy and review a French Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, in this post we will provide a brief overview of the southern French wine region that goes by the same name, including its history, terroir, permitted grape varieties and winemaking practices.

In General

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is an area encompassing 3,200 HA of vineyards that is located in the southern part of the Rhône Valley, in France, between the towns of Orange (to the north) and Avignon (to the south).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation Map Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation Map – Courtesy of Fédération des syndicats des producteurs de Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Thirteen different grape varieties are authorized in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, with Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (the so-called “GSM“) being the dominating varieties, as well as the traditional core grapes in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape blend (see below for more information about these grape varieties). Other permitted varieties include Cinsaut

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4 thoughts on “An Overview of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation and Its Wines

  1. Dina

    Most interesting reading, you really have done your homework, Stefano. Love this old illustrations, I suppose it works a bit different today. And since this is the prelude, I’ll patiently wait for your photos in the next post. ? 🙂
    Hope the new week started very well for all of you,
    Dina & Co ❤

    Reply
    1. Stefano Post author

      Thank you, dear Dina: I am glad you found it an interesting read. I also love those old photographs – they give us an interesting glimpse of those old times. Unfortunately there will be no photos of mine in my next wine post – it will simply focus on a review of a CDP wine that I particularly enjoyed… Sorry to disappoint you, Dina! I need to make time to prep a few photographs and resume my photo posts… Unfortunately time is what it is and there is never enough to take care of everything that you need to!
      Thanks as always for your nice comment and have a wonderful rest of the week 🙂

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      1. Dina

        I know, Stefano. Time is so precious and sorry for being wrong assuming you you’ d show us your photos. 😉 Still loking forward to your posts, though! 😊👍 All the best, Dina x

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