Celebration of Châteauneuf du Pape Wine

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Euro Vacations Guide - French Chateauneuf des Papes Wine Festival
Châteauneuf du Pape is one of the best known French wines, produced in the Rhône wine region in the department of Vaucluse. The production area stretches from near to Orange, all the way to Sorgues near Avignon in south west France.

The name Châteauneuf du Pape translates literally as “the Pope’s new castle”. Wine growing in the Burgundy region was actively encouraged and promoted by the Papacy in the 14th century.

The wines are high in alcohol and strong in flavour and are can be produced from a blend of any of 18 grape varieties, however, Grenache Noir is the prevailing variety with Syrah and Mourvèdre being slightly less common.

The Châteauneuf du Pape wine festival or Fête du Veraison is held on the first weekend in August to celebrate the harvest of the first grapes when they have matured from green to purple.

There is a market with local people dressed in mediaeval costumes manning stalls arrayed with crafts, local produce and of course, wine.

There is mediaeval entertainment in the form of acrobats, jugglers, minstrels and fire eaters while knights on horseback joust one another.

Music and dancing is a must and everyone is invited to join in.

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