Hardly any distance from Avignon, the vineyards provide a magnificent vantage point for viewing the city and its Palais des Papes, the Durance Valley to the south, the mountains of the Vaucluse and the Luberon to the east, the Rhône to the west, the plain of the Comtat Venaissin and Mont Ventoux to the north.
At the heart of the vineyard stands Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, perched on its rock, a living symbol of Provencal culture. Here, in 1854, was born the Félibrige movement, which defended Provencal culture and was founded by Frédéric Mistral and six other poets and writers. It was during a meeting of the Félibres, in 1867, that Frédéric Mistral received the “Coupo Santo” from a delegation of Catalan writers and politicians. To thank them, he wrote the poem “Coupo Santo”, which was to become the anthem of Provence and the Côtes du Rhône region.
The exclusively red wines grown here are made from the Grenache grape, with additions of Syrah and Mourvèdre.
All the vineyards' wines are of an attractive ruby colour, with a more or less pronounced sparkle. Notes of heather and other garrigue (scrubland) plants are evident on the palate. The flavours of liquorice and pepper are more pronounced in some years than others, but spicy flavours are the common factor in each of these wines.
The growing of vines at Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne dates back to 500 AD. Sales of Gadagne wines have been recorded since the 15th century.
In 1575, a local parliament began meeting to decide the day on which the inhabitants could begin harvesting their grapes. From medieval times, quality was clearly a major concern for the wine-growers of Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne. Again with quality in mind, an experimental vineyard was established here in the mid-1980s. As a result, it is possible to observe the characteristics of Côtes du Rhône appellation wines by bringing together all the varieties entitled to the AOC label, and thus achieve the optimum quality standards.
In recognition of its efforts to improve the quality of its wines, the Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne vineyard was first granted the Côtes du Rhône appellation in 1937, then the Côtes du Rhône Villages label in 1997, and finally the Côtes du Rhône Villages Gadagne accolade in 2012.2012Birth of AOC Gadagne
Lying on the left bank of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne is laid out amphitheatre-like on its hillside, just a few miles from Avignon, capital of the Côtes du Rhône region.
The Gadagne AOC vineyards extend over 5 villages in the Vaucluse region: Caumont-sur-Durance, Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, Morières-lès-Avignon, Saint-Saturnin-lès-Avignon and Vedène.
The climate is typically Mediterranean, sometimes with violent winds, highly irregular rainfall and a hot, dry summer season.
The wine-growing area consists of an extensive plateau of pebbles smoothed in water and is at an average altitude of 115 metres.
surface area64 hectares
Total production2 116 hl
- 100% Red
Average yield achieved33 hl/ha
*Export figures according to the most recent research
Source : Harvest statement 2016