Our first destination on this wine tour will be Le Barroux, known for its 16th century castle at the foot of Mont Ventoux, and then we will pass by one of the most beautiful wine route of the Rhone Valley. We will pass through the villages of La Roque Alric, Lafare and Beaumes de Venise.
Our first stop at Grand Cru of Gigondas and Vacqueyras is Chateau de Montmirail. The three main varieties of their area are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Grenache brings fruit and power, the Syrah grape structured and liquorice and the Mourvedre for its spiciness. For white wines, we find Clairette, Roussanne and Bourboulenc, and freshly planted Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Their area is spread over the slopes of the Dentelles regarding the Gigondas and Vacqueyras tray other. Low yields on clay-limestone soils give our wines strength and balance.
Enjoy some free time in the village of Gigondas.
After, let me take you to Chateauneuf du Pape, a medieval village on the side of a hill, guarded by the ruins of an ancient chateau towering above. A literal translation of Chateauneuf du Pape, the Pope’s new house, is actually true.
In the 14th century, during their stays in Avignon, the popes, especially Pope John XXII, built a papal castle in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Impressed by the area’s exceptional soils, they established vineyards on the slopes surrounding the chateau and were instrumental in promoting the local wine’s reputation around the world. From the chateau hill you have an outstanding view in all directions, mostly of vineyards, of course. Off to the east and south, the Rhone winds across the fields and the afternoon sun turns it silver.