The producers - small is beautiful

300 domains produce Châteauneuf du Pape wines.
7 % of the wine production is produced in a wine coop cellar, the rest of the production is produced in private cellars.

- 55 % of wine-estates sell their production in bottles totally.
- 20 % of wine-estates sell their production by means of wine merchants totally.
- 25 % of domains make a mixed marketing : in bottles and in bulk (sale to wine merchants - negociants).

Source for these figures:

The coop cellar:
Only one coop cellar exists in Chateauneuf du Pape, Cellier des Princess in Courthezon. The wines produced here are certainly not the most exiting wines from the appellation and the importance of this cellar will probably decrease over the coming years.
Some coop cellars in nearby communes also produce a small amount of Chateauneuf du Pape.

The negociants:
If you look at Northern Rhone and especially Bourgogne the negociants are here of great importance. That is not the case in Chateauneuf du Pape although some negociants make wines of good quality, for example Chapoutier, Colombo, Tardieu-Laurent and Texier. The mainpart of the wines from the negociants are sold in supermarkets all around the world.

The estate wines:
Exept for a few estates (for example Nalys and La Nerthe) the estates of Chateauneuf du Pape are family owned and managed by the owner himself and his/her family. Often by families whose ancesters have been wine growers in the area for many generations. It's by these estates the fame of the wines is founded. If you visit the estates you will often be warmly welcomed by a family member and invited to taste the wines - and perhaps buy some bottles. The good wines and the possibility to meet the humble but proud people behind the wines makes Chateauneuf du Pape to a Mekka for wine lovers.

Most of the estates are of moderate size. Below a list of 100 estates with the planted area of AOC Chateauneuf du Pape in hectares:

Chateau Mont Redon 95
Chateau la Nerthe 90
Chateau de Beaucastel 80
Chateau de Vaudieu 70
Domaine Vieux Lazaret 65
Domaine Vieux Telegraphe 65
Chateau de la Gardine 60
Domaine du Grand Tinel 56
Chateau Fines Roches 53
Clos Saint Jean 44
Domaine Chante Cigale 42
Domaine de la Solitude 40
Domaine Tour Saint-Michel 40
Chateau Cabrieres 35
Clos des Papes 32
Chateau Gigognan 32
Domaine du Pere Caboche 32
Domaine de Bois Dauphin 31
Domaine de Beaurenard 30
Domaine des Chanssaud 30
Chateau Fortia 30
Domaine la Roquette 28
Bosquet des Papes 27
Domaine des Senechaux 27
Clos du Mont Olivet 26
Domaine Saint Benoit 26
Domaine des Clefs d'Or 24
Domaine de la Font du Roi 24
Chateau de Husson 23
Cuvée du Vatican 23
Domaine Juliette Avril 22
Domaine Combes d'Arnevel 22
Domaine Mathieu 22
Domaine Durieu 21
Chateau de la Font du Loup 21
Domaine Giraud 21
Domaine Pierre Usseglio 21
Chateau Maucoil 20
Les Cailloux 18
Domaine Chante Perdiix 18
Domaine de la Charbonniere 18
Domaine de Marcoux 18
Domaine du Pegau 18
Bois de Boursan 16
Doamine Grand Veneur 16
Domaine Raymond Usseglio 16
Domaine de la Janasse 15
Domaine Pierre André 15
Domaine des Peres de l'Eglise 15
Domaine Roger Sabon 15
Domaine la Barroche 14
Domaine du Galet des Papes 14
Domaine de Saint Paul 14
Domaine la Milliere 14
Le Vieux Donjon 14
Domaine Berthet-Rayne 13
Domaine de Cristia 13
Domaine de Monpertuis 13
Domaine des Relagnes 13
Domaine Saint Prefert 13
Domaine Paul Autard 12
Domaine Comte de Lauze 12
Domaine Duclaux 12
Domaine la Fagotiere 12
Domaine Roger Perrin 12
Domaine de la Vieille Julienne 12
Domaine Bastide St. D. 11
Domaine de la Cote de l'Ange 11
Domaine Patrice Magni 11
Domaine de la Ronciere 11
Mas de Boislauzon 10
Domaine la Boutiniere 10
Domaine Fabrice Mousset 10
Chateau Rayas 10
Le Clos du Caillou 9
Domaine de Fontavin 9
Domaine de la Pinede 9
Clos Saint Michel 9
Clos des Brusquieres 8
Domaine Charvin 8
Domaine Lou Frejau 8
Domaine de Villeneuve 8
Domaine Henri Bonneau 6
Domaine Ferrand 6
Domaine de Terre Ferme 6
Domaine Gimond 5
Domaine de la Mereuille 5
Domaine Moulin Tacussel 5
Domaine de Panisse 5
Domaine de Pignan 5
Domaine Jean Royer 5
Domaine Saint Siffrein 5
Domaine du Banneret 4
Domaine de la Biscarelle 4
Mas Chante Mistral 4
Domaine de la Jaufrette 3
Domaine Saint Laurent 3
Chateau du Mourre du Tendre 2

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