23 Sept: Harvest picnic at Le Clos du Caillou


23 Sept: Harvest picnic at Le Clos du Caillou

For the 6th year running, Châteauneuf-du-Pape celebrates the Fête Nationale de la Gastronomie by organising a big harvest picnic on Saturday 23 September 2017 from 9.30am to 3pm…


The harvest picnic is a special time when wine connoisseurs and simple wine lovers are welcome in an estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape –a different one each year- in order to embark on a fun and friendly experience… where they might also learn a few family secrets…


This year, upon their arrival at the Clos du Caillou in the village of Courthézon, the participants will be greeted with a coffee while Marilou Vacheron will provide some information on the unusual history of her estate, a former hunting lodge that became an iconic Clos of the southern Rhône Valley. They will receive a few recommendations before heading to the vineyards and taking part in the harvest.


While part of the group will cut the grapes, the other half will enjoy a small in-situ conference on geology and terroir and landscape interpretation workshop with oeno-geologist Georges Truc.

At noon, everyone will gather to visit the wine-making cellars and sample the wines of the Clos du Caillou made by their wine-maker Bruno Gaspard, before sitting around a few large tables and enjoying a lunch made by local caterer Bruno Biscarel, from Courthézon.

Practical information:


Saturday 23 September, from 9.30am to 3pm


At Le Clos du Caillou at Courthézon


Grape picker’s breakfast

Initiation to harvesting techniques

Visit of the cellar

Landscape interpretation workshop

Hearty lunch

Rates and registration:

€30 per adult / €20 for children under 12 years old/ Free for children under 5 years  old.
Office de Tourisme de Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tél : 04 90 83 71 08 – email : chateauneufdupape@paysprovence.fr