On Palace of the Popes Square, the embassy for Côtes-du-Rhône wines provides a warm, proud welcome. Avignon is the capital of Rhône valley wines, and is the centre for this divine nectar and favourite drink of the Popes.
PALACE OF THE POPES SQUARE
The Carré du Palais, embassy of the Côtes du Rhône
Côtes-du-Rhône wines deserve the beautiful Carré du Palais, at the top of Place de l’Horloge, their new embassy in the wine capital of Avignon. The Carré du Palais is steps away from the Palace of the Popes and is well worth stopping in for a glass of wine before discovering the amazing palace. In this renovated 19th century building, come discover the wines from the Rhône valley.
A cellar with 10,000 bottles of wine, where the sommelier proposes a tasting every day, a wine school to learn all about wine-tasting and the work of the vintners in the Rhône valley, and of course a restaurant where the Chef sublimates wine and food pairings for a total sensory experience.
Wine is identity
In the heart of the vineyards in county Gard, Roquemaure stands out, an icon. The geographic location and Southern climate have made it a stronghold for the wine trade since the late Middle Ages. It is here that the Consuls of Roquemaure, in the 1600’s, authenticated barrels of wine from the region, branding the barrels with the letters “CDR” (“Coste Du Rhône“).
They were precursors, and issued certificates of origin to the wine growers before boarding the wine on boats for shipment far and wide.
The Rocca Maura wine cellar, founded in 1922, brings together over fifty wine makers from surrounding towns. The vines here grow on terroirs of rounded pebbles and red clays, on slopes and terraced hillsides. The wines are both fruity and long-keeping. Enjoy responsibly!
The Harvest Proclamation, festive celebrations
Grape harvest time has long been synonymous with celebration. Picking the grapes at optimum ripeness is the promise of outstanding wine to come, of future feasts and fun. In late August, the Compagnons des Côtes-du-Rhône fill the streets in centre-city Avignon for a festive popular celebration called the Ban des Vendanges.
Later, the festivities move to the top of the Rocher des Doms. The wine confraternities parade in their traditional costumes, wine tastings, lip-smacking food stands and live music. All the ingredients for a beautiful end to summer.