The Avignon popes contributed to the development of the Châteauneuf vineyard, the renown of which dates back to the mid-18C. Today, the 3 200ha of vineyards are run by 60 wine estates. Don't miss the Veraison festival in the first weekend in August, or the Musée du Vin, where you can find out more about these famous AOC wines. The papal fortress boasts a superb view over the Rhone Valley, Roquemaure, and Avignon, where the Palais des Papes stands against the impressive backdrop of the Alpilles. The Luberon, MtVentoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains are also visible from here.