The Châteauneuf du Pape appellation covers an area of 3154 hectares (7850 acres) spread across five village communes: Châteauneuf du Pape itself covering 52% of the surface area, Courthézon (21.3%), Orange (12%), Bédarrides (10.6%) and Sorgues (4.1%).
These 3154 hectares represent a wide soil diversity, with a large part of the vineyard covered in those much talked-about round pebbles. These pebbles store the daytime heat and release it at night, thereby allowing perfect grape ripening. Depending on which zone, the subsoil is made up of clay, dry chalky gravel and sandy terrain.
Vignobles Mayard takes in around forty parcels spread across the entire appellation including two large plots: one measuring 21 hectares (52 acres) to the south of the appellation, the other 8 hectares (20 acres) on the Crau plateau to the northeast.
Each variation in terrain gives a different yet typical flavour and structure profile to the wines; so many ingredients blended together that create our complex Châteauneuf du Pape.
We´re also blessed with an exceptional micro-climate with moderate rainfall: about 600 ml of water annually and the Mistral wind considered the best ally during the vegetation period: it dries out and keeps the vineyard healthy preventing mildew, botrytis and oidium (powdery mildew) from spreading.