La Vinothèque: the new showcase for Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, the Hôtel La Mère Germaine extended and renovated… there are changes in the village that hosts the most famous cru of the Rhône Valley!
The Winegrowers’ Federation has designed a troglodyte Vinothèque at the heart of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which immerses visitors in the very geology of the most famous crus of the Rhone Valley, and becomes a showcase for the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC wine and know-how of its winemakers.
Each day, you can taste 4 Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines there (3 reds, 1 white), always different, and buy almost 200 references at the same price as the estate in the adjoining official shop, Vinadéa.
It also displays a wide collection of wine-tasting cups, the object antiques dealers appreciate so much that is delightfully old-fashioned. More than 1500 pieces are shown together, all unique, the oldest of which dates back to 1563. In pewter, silver-coated metal, wood, glass, ceramic, specimens of all sizes, these “wine-tasters” enabled winegrowers, brokers and merchants to carefully examine the wine before tasting it. Visitors are therefore invited to try this ancestor of INAO tasting glasses and deconstruct the way they learnt to taste wine to focus on balance and texture.
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The Vinothèque is also a space for workshops, tastings as a group, temporary exhibitions, seminars and soon: a wine bar!
The new Hôtel la Mère Germaine
Two houses have been renovated
A stone’s throw from the Vinothèque, near the village fountain, the Hôtel La Mère Germaine has regained its old splendour. The iconic century-old establishment in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, founded in 1922 by Germaine Vion who arrived straight from Paris and the kitchens of the Elysée Presidential Palace, had already seen its Michelin-starred restaurant restored in 2020. Now after almost 2 years of renovations, the hotel has been enlarged to offer 12 superior rooms.
They are in fact divided between two former abodes in the village: the first is the historic home of Mère Germaine, which also houses the Michelin-starred restaurant, and the other the former La Garbure hotel, in close proximity, which has been completely renovated.
Local artisans have chosen beautiful materials, those that develop a patina in time, such as Burgundy limestone. Colourful velvets and paintings signed by Brazilian artists add a bright, warm touch to the contemporary elegance of the pale wood furniture and brass lamps.
Rates by night
from €160 for the bedrooms
€450 for the 50m²-suite
All of the rooms have high-end amenities, king-size beds and a desk or lounge space, a perfect place to work outside the office. Right at the top, a 50m² suite is laid out over two levels, with the surprise of a panoramic view of the Rhone Valley from its private terrace.
In the basement, a spa has been designed as an energising cocoon for your well-being with a hammam, a bath to relax in and a tropical shower.
Finally, it is not possible to stay there without enjoying the Michelin-starred cooking of the talented Christophe Hardiquest, the restaurant’s new chef! But you can also enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at the nearby Comptoir de la Mère Germaine, the more relaxed bistrot version.
It is therefore a versatile address that Germaine Vion would have certainly loved, so proud to have added Châteauneuf-du-Pape as a stopover on the Nationale 7 road for all the foodies from Paris and elsewhere!
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