At 40mn drive is the Mecca for Rhône Valley wine lovers (aside Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage): Châteauneuf-du-Pape!
The jewel of Southern Rhône Valley wine region will not disappoint you: a lively pretty village (with a castle, originally a Pope residence) fantastic wines and beautiful vineyards characterized by flat stones covering the soils.
The reds are complex, rich and silky, made with three grape types which are generally Grenache, Syrah and/or Mourvedre (other ones being Counoise, Vaccarèse, Muscardin and Terret noir).
Reds are 97% of the wines grown in the area, but 3% of excellent whites are also produced and made out of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, PicPoul and/or Picardan.
If you have deep pockets, go for Château Rayas or Henri Bonneau. Otherwise, several wineries will also make you fall in love with this area: Domaine Bois de Boursan, Domaine de la Janasse, Chateau de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, Domaine Saint-Prefert, Chateau Mont-Redon or Chateau de la Nerthe.
However, you may be surprise by excellent Seguret, Cairanne or Gigondas wines; also, just around us are Ventoux wines… and not only they can be excellent, but they cost much less. We’ll tell you much more about them once you are in Saint-Didier!