French Wineries

Bonpas

Overview

Since 1318, the fortified stronghold of Bonpas, from the French "Bon Passage", has watched over the safe crossing of the Durance river along the historic route that once linked Rome with Avignon. This gateway to the southern Côtes-du-Rhône allows you to discover the region’s terroirs with their characteristic smooth and round stones.

Our Wines

  • 13 grape varieties may be used in the composition of Châteauneuf du Pape. This wine is made with Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
  • The typically Mediterranean climate is held in the sway of the Mistral, great and forceful wind born out of variations in atmospheric pressure between Northern and Southern climates.
  • In the Middle Ages, when people were crossing the dangerous "forest" of scrubland, infested by bandits, their life relied only on their own hands. The unique possibility was to commit their soul to God. This is maybe the origin of the name Plan de Dieu (God's Plain).
  • The vineyard are mainly within the Parc Regional du Luberon, which is equidistant from Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Manosque. The average altitude of the vineyards is 984 feet above sea-level, and the grapes are harvested relatively late.