Château Cabrières is located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the south of the Rhône Valley. The property is very old and dates back to the 14th or 15th century. A preserved bread oven door was discovered and the size of the stones used recalls techniques from the 14th and 15th centuries, proving the age of the castle.
The estate is located on the plateau of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 3 km north of the village and 7 km south of Orange. They produce white and red wines with the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Tradition, Prestige and Centenary), red and rosé Côtes du Rhône wines (Eclat de Rosé), table wine (Chicatouille de Cabrieres).
The estate consists of 28.50 hectares of AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 4 hectares of AOC Côtes du Rhône and 5 hectares of Table Wine in the communes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Orange.
The appellation is renowned throughout the world for its unique terroir and its wines made from 13 grape varieties.
Château Cabrières has belonged to the Arnaud family for three generations, Louis in the 1950s, his son Guy succeeded him and since March 2009, Agnès and her husband Patrick Vernier took over the management of the property with the same aim perpetuate it.
The terroir of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is very characteristic and unique. The vast majority of the terroir is made up of alluvial terraces or quartzite pebbles, rolled by the Rhône stuck in a red matrix of decomposed clay.
The 3 types of soil that characterize the AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape are:
- gravelly land
- Sandy soils (along the Rhône)
- Rolled pebbles or flint (quartzite) which store heat during the day to restore it at night in order to obtain perfect maturity.
Château Cabrières has these 3 types of soil. The region also benefits from a specific climate. With approximately 300 days of sunshine a year and the mistral, a strong, dry north wind that blows more than 120 days a year. It is one of the driest areas of the Rhone Valley and one of the sunniest regions in France. This climate allows their vines to produce very concentrated wines that are ideal for laying down.