Châteauneuf-du-Pape located in the south of the Rhône wine region of France. Once a papal seat, this history is still demonstrated in the heavy, dark glassware that holds its wines. The majority of wine produced in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is red wines, with Grenache Noir dominating nearly three-quarters of the vineyard surface. Other red varietals produced include Syrah and Mourvèdre. White varietals grown include Grenache Blanc and Roussanne.
The region is known for its round pebbles (galets roules) in the north and the north eastern terroir, with sandier soils in the east and gritty soils in the south. The round pebbles contribute to the quick ripening of the vineyards as they retain and distribute heat year-round.
This contributes to the earthy, tough and tannic grenache laced with flavours of rich raspberry and plum. One of the most prominent Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers in the region is Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe.