While Richard opted to view the Pont du Gard ( massive Roman aqueduct that supplied 9 million gallons of drinking water to Nimes for over 150 years), I went winetasting where the French popes summered. A 30 min drive brought us to Maison Bouachon to taste five Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines, including one white.
Out in the vinyards we learned that the "soil" is composed of round rocks that absorb and release heat evenly. The trellised grapes are "Cotes du Rhone" and the scrubby vines are "Chateauneuf-du-Pape."
The castle was blown up by the retreating Germans during World War II but they missed a section.
A steep walk downhill brought us into the small village. We drove back along the rural side of the Rhone for a different perspective.