Near Avignon is the small hilltop village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose name “New castle of the pope” implies its main feature the medieval castle Château des Papes built for Pope John XXII in the 14th century. The castle is in ruins, much of the stone being used to build the town after the departure of the papal seat from France.  The town is the center of a major wine “appellation” producing some of the finest Rhône wines. 

We visited here one morning, had lunch and headed back to St. Remy for more sightseeing there.

© Tom Lebsack 2017