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and 13 grape varieties

Château de Nalys enjoys an exceptional position in the heart of the appellation opposite the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its famous Papal Palace. The seventy five hectares of vineyards are made up of five separate plots: ‘Nalys’ at the heart of the property with its russet-coloured sandy-clay soils over limestone slabs; ‘Bois Sénéchal’ and the famous terroir of ‘La Crau’ which both have the ancient alluvial, stony soils of the Rhône – the famous rolled pebbles; ‘Pied Long’ with its clay plateau which overlooks the appellation and ‘Saintes Vierge’ with its fine sands.
Since the 16th Century, the thirteen grape varieties have been rigorously cultivated at the Château de Nalys. This diversity is one of the elements which makes the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation unique both historically and on a technical level. The white wines of Nalys are produced mainly from Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. The addition of Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picardan and Piquepoul bring harmony and complex aromas to the blend. The red wines of Nalys are produced mainly from Grenache together with Syrah as an important element. In addition, Mourvèdre; Counoise; Vaccarèse; Cinsault; Terret Noir and Muscardin bring complexity to the final blend.