The Berthet-Rayne family settled in Courthezon four generations ago. This is where they tend their vineyards, to the north-east of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation (some of their vines are over 100 years old!!!) on a clay and limestone soil with lots of rounded rocks, typical of the appellation.
…The rocks soak up the heat during the day and release it at night, keeping the vines at the same temperature! (Snippet: American wine-growers bought several containers’ of these rocks to ship them to California!).
Since 2011, they have been making wine using organically farmed grapes only bearing the French AB label. They have several ranges of red, white and rosé wines.
So we went to visit their winery to learn all about how to make wine: pressing, labelling, bottling etc.
After the harvest, the grapes are pressed, then left to ferment (part of the sugar is converted into alcohol and carbonic gas, then the liquid is separated from the solids) and lastly, the wine is left to mature!
Feel free to visit this winery. You may taste the wine free of charge, without booking (except for groups of course). If you do book, you get to tour the vineyard in an 4-wheel drive!
2334 route de Caderousse 84350 COURTHEZON
T. 04 90 70 74 14