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L'école des vins
The Gadagne vineyards lie just a few kilometres from Avignon, and provide magnificent views over the city and its Palais des Papes. The valley of the Durance lies to the south, the mountains of Vaucluse and the Luberon to the east, the Rhône to the west and the plains of Comtat Venaissin and Mont Ventoux to the north.
At the heart of the winegrowing area we find Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, one of Provence’s iconic hilltop villages. In fact in 1854, Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne was the birthplace of the Félibrige, an association founded by Frédéric Mistral wind and 6 other writers and poets to protect the culture and language of Provence. In 1867, at one of their meetings, Frédéric Mistral wind was awarded the “Coupo Santo,” a silver chalice, by a delegation of Catalan writers and politicians. To express his thanks, he wrote the poem “Coupo Santo,” which was to become the anthem of Provence and the Côtes du Rhône.
Gadagne appellation wines are available only in red, and are made from Grenache blended with Syrah and Mourvèdre. All show an appealing ruby-red colour with gleaming highlights of varying intensity, and have scents of leather and garrigue herbs. Flavours of liquorice and pepper are more pronounced in some years than others, but spice is a constant feature.
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Côtes du Rhône VillagesGadagne
The first evidence that a vineyard existed in Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne dates back to the year 500 AD; the first wine sales were recorded as early as the 15th century. We also know that from 1575, a special parliament met annually to decide on the starting date for harvest: evidence that even in the Middle Ages, quality was an overriding concern for Gadagne’s winemakers. On the west side of the hill, the borders of the erstwhile Papal territory also set the boundary for this superb terroir. In the mid-1980s, an experimental vineyard was established with the aim of improving quality further still. By grouping together all the AOC-authorised varietals, this experimental area allowed growers to observe the various facets of Côtes du Rhône appellation wines, and work towards achieving the best possible quality. In recognition of their improved quality, Gadagne wines were awarded AOC Côtes du Rhône status in 1937, followed by AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages in 1997, and finally AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Gadagne in 2012. There are 7 producer-distributors in the area – one cooperative cellar and 6 private wineries.
Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne is a small hilltop village on the left bank of the Rhône, built in the shape of a natural amphitheatre, just a few kilometres from Avignon, capital of the Côtes du Rhône. The Gadagne AOC vineyards span 5 communes in Vaucluse: Caumontsur- Durance, Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, Morières-lès- Avignon, Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon and Vedène.
The climate is typically Mediterranean, with occasional violent winds, irregular rainfall and hot, dry summers.
The vineyards lie on a long plateau of rounded cobbles, with an average altitude of 115 metres.
Rendement moyen annuel
Superficie de production
3 113 hl