Wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape is divine nectar that is internationally renowned, and its origins go back to the Popes in Avignon. All the way back to Pope John XXII indeed, elected Pope in 1316. The new pontiff, who came from the upper class in Cahors, settled permanently in the Palace of the Popes and chose Châteauneuf for his summer residence. Winemakers from Cahors were part of his pontifical court, and Pope John XXII ordered the first papal vineyard to be planted.
Production was low in the first years (papal records refer to four, then six barrels of wine per year). However, as of the year 1325, production of papal wine reached twelve barrels. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC was created in 1936. Today, bottles from prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape estates are sought after in the greatest restaurants throughout the world.