Chateauneuf du Pape Wine
Located in the southern Rhone valley, the town (translating roughly as 'The Pope's new castle') was chosen as the summer residence for the Pope's court during the early 14th century. The AOC itself is one of the earliest official wine appellations, established in 1929, and produces both red and white wines. However their reds are the majority produced. Chateauneuf du Pape differs from other Rhone appellations in that 13 types of grape are permitted for use which can create impressive combinations, with Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, predominately used for reds, and Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Bourboulenc for the whites. The Mediterranean climate is the driest of the Rhone appellations, with approximately 2,800 hours of sunshine per year, similar to Gigondas.