Veraison celebration in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
When the grapes change from color green to its so beautiful characteristic purple color it’s the opportunity to meet for a magnificent family and friendly medieval reminding the oldest traditions of the land.
The veraison: essential for a red Châteauneuf-du-Pape vintage.
The veraison is a crucial period for our Châteauneuf-du-Pape vintages. Indeed, the sudden arrival of sugar in the bunches will allow the grapes to swell and change color to soon become ready to be harvested. For the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which uses grenache grape variety, this period often extends over the month of August. To learn more on the different steps of the making of this wine, consult André Brunel website.
The veraison festival
This festival started in 1985, it takes places during the first weekend of August and lasts for 3 days in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This festival is the opportunity to organize celebrations to honor the future harvest as well as the traditions, gastronomy and the wine of the Rhône valley.
The festivities evoke the medieval times: everything is organized around the wine land and the old medieval traditions of the region. From an œnological point of view, this celebration of the veraison gives winegrowers like André Brunel’s estate, the opportunity to present their cuvées and their know-how on various stands, to organize tastings or provide information about the estate, the grapes, the technics used in the Rhône valley. From the medieval point of view, diner-shows or shows are organized during the day, there are also entertainments dated Middle Ages period such as dances, tournaments, historical medieval daily life events, in order to allow young and old know better this period which is often judged with fantasies and clichés far from reality.
Taverns, minstrels, troubadours and jugglers stroll around the city and the castle all weekend.
The opportunity to come and discover this land of the red wine of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to taste André Brunel’s wines and to enjoy the friendly shows during your summer holidays.
Published : 2022-09-14