A video clip will tell you about the history of the Chartreuse and take you on an historic journey, back to the days of the ancient chapel and Grand Cellier (storeroom), right up to the modern-day shop. In the estate’s wine cellar, you’ll have the chance to taste some Rhone valley wines.
The Chartreuse de Bonpas, which dates from the 12th to the 17th centuries, was a fortified convent built by Pope John XXII, on the border between the Comtat Venaissin and Provence, overlooking the Durance river. It is located on the riverbanks, at what was a strategic passage point, hence its name ('Bonpas' means 'Safe Passage'). The Chartreuse is screened by umbrella pines and is set in formal gardens with a 12th century chapel that is a listed, historic building.
Bonpas is now the main office of one of the leading Rhone Valley wine firms, Maison Louis Bernard, which produces and stores fine wines from all AOC regions in the Rhone Valley. Fun, interactive and educational tour available in French, English, German and Japanese. Free entry for under 12s.