25°
22°
Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Heritage-©Kessler

Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Heritage

Immersion in wine-making country

This walk is fairly easy with no major elevation, following little tarmacked roads and flat paths winding their way through the vines from the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape as far as the left bank of the Rhône. The figure-8 itinerary means you can choose to only do one loop if you prefer.
This hike is only 30 minutes from Avignon… It’s a nice walk-through fine wine country that encompasses nature, history and heritage.

Duration:

3 hours

Type:

Hiking

Parking :

free

A summer residence for the Popes

The Castle can be seen standing proud at the top of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. All visitors can easily find its symbolic ruins.

You can’t get lost going from the fountain in the centre to the esplanade, you just have to climb! However, we couldn’t resist and are getting there by weaving our way in and out of the narrow streets…
The former popes’ summer residence was built by Pope John XXII in the 14th century and benefitted from an exceptional location. Looking out from the orientation table you can see all of the Rhône valley, it’s enough to make you giddy! Watch it swaying side to side when the Mistral is blowing…
Avignon and its palace are just a stone’s throw from there. It feels as though we’re looking at a whole part of history at the foot of this castle open to the elements, and the grandeur of the past that has given Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its wines its renown.

le saviez-vous ?

Did you know?

If “Châteauneuf Calcernier” owes its reputation to the influence of the papacy during the 14th and 15th centuries, it wasn’t until 1893 that this former fiefdom of the Avignon diocese was renamed Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

A summer residence for the Popes

The view from the Popes’ castle

A breath-taking view of the whole valley as far as Avignon can be seen from the courtyard of the castle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Valérie Gillet

Valérie

Through the wine-growing region

We leave the Castle walking down towards the stone arch. 13 panels can be read along the path which describe the 13 grape varieties in the appellation, now we’re talking! At the start a rural road, with oratories here and there, runs along vines and gardens. Then a stony path leads us away from the houses. The vineyard extends in every direction. Castles, estates, and wine-tasting cellars surround us and come up at each crossroads. We are treading the wine-growing land of one of the 8 grands crus of Vaucluse, let’s not forget!
Winter has stripped the landscape. Rows of black vine stock stretch out across the fields to the horizon. The stone at the foot of the vines is a warm sandy colour in the January sun. These are the famous “galets roulés”, the rounded pebble-shaped stones that retain the day’s heat and release it at night, a particularity of the terroir.

Through the wine-growing region
le saviez-vous ?

Find out more

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the ultimate place to find out all there is to know about the vine! Meeting at Maison Brotte. This Wine museum has a collection of winemakers’ tools, old 4000-litre barrels, tastings… It makes for a rich, fascinating visit.

Through the wine-growing region

The Rhône Valley

Following the water’s flow

The plots of vines continue as far as the banks of the Rhône, marked out by leafy hedges or wild, dense garrigue. The land has been steeped in the silt and water of this emblematic river. The fertile plain of the Rhône is broken up by canals, rivers, lakes, ponds and “lônes” (arms of the river)… Various structures have been built over time that tame the fast-flowing river, changing its environment, activities and how we navigate it.
We go over the side canal joining the Les Arméniers branch to get to the dyke. We keep walking towards the south by taking the old towpath that goes along this bypass. We cross secret, silent nature that we wouldn’t have imagined was there, with calm water, a tree-lined bank, garrigue, pine and cypress trees. We know that further on, this oxbow lake of the Rhône separates île de l’Oiselay and surrounds Islon Saint-Luc.

Tours and detours

Islon Saint-Luc and île de l’Oiselay are protected areas in the Natura 2000 network. An ecological trail and discovery trails provide a host of opportunities to explore these exceptional natural spaces.

Tours and detours

L’Hers Tower

L’Hers Tower looks out over the vast corridor of the Rhône and centuries of history from its rocky promontory. This strategic site facing Roquemaure, on a former island hugging the curve of the river, enabled the lords to control navigation. Boats had to pay a right of way in salt.
This private property is not open to the public but you can walk around it. The imposing ruins, a symbol of power, are a reminder of how the Rhône has always been a prize.

L’Hers Tower

View point

As we’re turning our backs on the river, on the flat of the dyke… a double pyramid appears! Mont Ventoux that stands out from the sky in the distance seems to mirror the Tower’s rocky foundations.

View point

To extend the visit…

As we near the village, we can make out the western façade of the Popes’ Castle overlooking the wine-growing region. We’ll remember an image of laboured land, January light, bare vines and the petals of white rocket that bloom at the foot of them until the middle of winter.
Gentle wandering through renowned winemaking country is sure to arouse curiosity and temptation in the wine enthusiasts among us… Luckily at Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it is fairly easy to find somewhere to spend some time learning more about the subject!
Having been enchanted by the complex wine blending but also the emblematic bottle shape, we took a few precious bottles with us when we left.

Coup de coeur

Fall in love…

On the way back the chocolate maker Chocolaterie Castelain is sure to entice those who appreciate good chocolate. It opens the doors to a subtle world of flavours… The wine and chocolate workshop is one to try.

Fall in love...

Tasting under the vaults

Taste different Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines with Guy Bremond, master sommelier, who is passionate about the history of the village and its wines. It is a 13th-century vaulted cellar, with incredible architecture.

Guillaume Auffan

Guillaume

Practical Information

Getting there
By bus : from Avignon, take line 1 as far as Orange and once in Orange take line 23.
By car : from Avignon, take the départementale 907. From Orange, take the départementale 68.

Parking

Parking
Place de la Bascule

Things to see and do around Châteauneuf-du-Pape

La Table d'Alain Jaume

La Table d’Alain Jaume

Orange

From 01/01 to 31/12, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday except on January 1st, Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.

Virtual tour of the Theatre

Virtual tour of the Theatre

Orange

All year round, daily.

Chorégies d'Orange: Black Legends

Chorégies d’Orange: Black Legends

Orange

Tuesday 16 July 2024 between 9.30 pm and 11.20 pm.

La Table d'Alain Jaume Ride and Wines

La Table d’Alain Jaume Ride and Wines

Orange

From 03/01 to 31/12 except on Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th. Closed on Sunday.

Winegrower picnic at Château Malijay

Winegrower picnic at Château Malijay

Jonquières

Sunday 19 May 2024 between 11 am and 4 pm.

Positiv - Electronic Festival

Positiv – Electronic Festival

Orange

Friday 16 August 2024. Saturday 17 August 2024. Sunday 18 August 2024.

Les Chorégies d'Orange

Les Chorégies d’Orange

Orange

Friday 14 June 2024 at 9.30 pm. Sunday 23 June 2024 at 9.30 pm. Saturday 29 June 2024 at 9.30 pm. Friday 5 July 2024 at 9.30 pm. Friday 12 July 2024 at 9.30 pm. Tuesday 16 July 2024 at 9.30 pm. Thursday 18 July 2024 at 9.30 pm. Sunday 21 July 2024 at 9 pm. From 22/07 to 22/12/2024, daily at 9.30 pm.

Guided tours of the Ancient Roman Theatre

Guided tours of the Ancient Roman Theatre

Orange

From 12/04 to 21/04/2024, daily. From Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5 May 2024. From Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 May 2024. From 06/07 to 15/08/2024, daily.

Journée Provençale

Journée Provençale

Jonquières

Sunday 19 May 2024.

Atelier dégustation au Domaine de Cabridon

Atelier dégustation au Domaine de Cabridon

Sarrians

Every day throughout the year Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 7 pm. On Saturday between 8 am and 12 pm. Closed on Sunday.

The Odyssée Sonore

The Odyssée Sonore

Orange

From 29/03 to 30/12/2024, daily. Subject to favorable weather.

Jazz  Orange Festival

Jazz Orange Festival

Orange

From Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 June 2024 at 7 pm. Subject to favorable weather. Cancelled in case of bad weather.

Intrigue dans la ville à Orange

Intrigue dans la ville à Orange

Orange

All year round, daily between 9 am and 6 pm except on January 1st and December 25th.

Tasting classes

Tasting classes

Orange

Every day throughout the year between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Sunday. On demand.

Visites Guidées à Orange

Visites Guidées à Orange

Orange

All year round, daily.

Elyzion

Elyzion

Orange

All year round, daily.

Oenojazz

Oenojazz

Orange

Thursday 10 October 2024 at 8 pm. Thursday 21 November 2024 at 8.30 pm. Thursday 13 February 2025 at 8.30 pm. Thursday 20 March 2025 at 8.30 pm. Thursday 17 April 2025 at 8.30 pm. Thursday 15 May 2025 at 8.30 pm.

Chorégies d'Orange : Khatia Buniatishvili

Chorégies d’Orange : Khatia Buniatishvili

Orange

Saturday 29 June 2024 at 9.30 pm.

Introduction to the Territory with Alain Jaume

Introduction to the Territory with Alain Jaume

Orange

From 03/01 to 31/12, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 am except on Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.

Concert: Deep Purple

Concert: Deep Purple

Orange

Tuesday 30 July 2024 between 8 pm and 11 pm.

Groovin Grapes au Château Malijay

Groovin Grapes au Château Malijay

Jonquières

Friday 24 May 2024 between 6 pm and 12 am.

Chorégies d'Orange: Tosca - Puccini concert version

Chorégies d’Orange: Tosca – Puccini concert version

Orange

Monday 22 July 2024 between 9.30 pm and 11.59 pm.

La Table de Maucoil

La Table de Maucoil

Orange

From 02/04 to 31/12 except on Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th. Closed on Sunday.

Chorégies d'Orange: Edgar Moreau recital

Chorégies d’Orange: Edgar Moreau recital

Orange

Thursday 18 July 2024 between 9.30 pm and 11.59 pm.

Chorégies d'Orange : Mika Philharmonique

Chorégies d’Orange : Mika Philharmonique

Orange

Sunday 23 June 2024 between 9.30 pm and 11 pm.

Getaway at the Wine-grower's

Getaway at the Wine-grower’s

Orange

From 01/01 to 31/12, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 am except on January 1st, Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.