Clos des Papes is well known for being one of the first domaines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to produce, bottle and sell their own wine. Paul Vincent Avril is currently in charge of the family business, which was established by his ancestor Paul Avril in 1896. The Avril family is partially responsible for the creation of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in 1936, which was the very first wine appellation created in France.
Before taking over Clos des Papes, Paul Vincent Avril worked at different wineries, including the acclaimed Château Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux, where he had the opportunity to learn more about winemaking and the wine trade.
The 32 hectares that form Clos des Papes vineyards are divided into 24 different plots. Each of these parcels are composed of different soils and are exposed to several climates, that’s why the domaine can produce a diverse range of wines of great complexity. Clos du Papes wines are certified ‘organic’ and the yields have been reduced significantly in the recent years to ensure a better quality of the grapes.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the most exclusive appellations in the Southern Rhône and is made up of five communes: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Courhézon, Orange, Bédarrides, and Sorgues. Their reputation for bold Grenache-based red blends is known worldwide but the region produces both reds and whites out of 13 different grape varieties. Containing over 3,100 hectares of vineyards in the region, of which almost 30% are wineries organically certified by the EU.