chateauneuf du pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is an AOC for wine made near the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône wine region in southeastern France

Châteauneuf-du-Pape roughly translates to “The Pope’s new castle”

Châteauneuf-du-Pape exists as red and white wine, with the large majority of the wines produced being red. The appellation rules do not allow rosé wines to be made under the Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The wines are normally packaged in distinctive, heavy dark wine bottles embossed with papal regalia and insignia.

The gloriously rich red wines, redolent of the heat and herbs of the south are enhanced by the complexity which comes from blending several grape varieties. Thirteen are permitted for reds;GrenacheMouvedreSyrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Teret Noir, Muscadin  and Picpoul Noir, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, Picpoul Gris and Picardin. With red Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache typically dominates with Syrah and Mouvedre in support.

White Châteauneuf-du-Pape is becoming increasingly sought-after even though it represents less than 10% of the total production.. Five grapes are permitted; Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Rousanne, Bourboulenc and Picardin.