Something special in Chateauneuf du Pape
My parents and I will be in the Avignon area (les Baux) for a few days mid-September. They *really* would like to visit a vineyard in Chateauneuf and, if at all possible, have a nice meal there.
I know it is possible to make appointments for some of the smaller producers for visits, but is anyone aware of a place we could have a meal as well on premises? This would be the "nice" meal during the vacation. Not so much a package sort of thing (though not completely ruling that out), but perhaps somewhere we could eat with the family, or have something special. Does anyone have suggestions, or know of where I could look into this?
I have been to Chateauneuf-du-Pape several times, but I am not aware of any winery that offers meals on site. the restaurants in the town are okay, but better food is to be had in
Avignon, Isle sur la Sorgue, Gigondas......
In France wine tourism is far less developed than many other countries. Few vineyards have "cellar door" tastings, and often the best way to sample wines is to head to the local village and find the 'tourist" orientated wine shop.
There are exceptions, and growers are waking up to the opportunities wine tourism can give them, however don't be surprised to find that a high percentage of places are appointment only, not simply the small estates. Quite the opposite of the US, Australia, or even Spain. As a result I don't know of any (although there must be some) that have restaurants.
In fact we found that nearly all close for lunch from approx 12:00 to 2:00 even those set up with tasting rooms, shops, etc. Best advice is to head to the nearest "bib" restaurant where you will no doubt eat with lots of workers from the estates.