The 18th century Château de Vaudieu in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is owned by brothers Laurent and Julien Bréchet and has been in their family for over 50 years.
The name 'Vaudieu' originates from the Vallée de Dieu, or 'Valley of God', a reference to the beauty of the area. Vaudieu has 70 hectares of vineyards in total, of which 60 hectares are planted with red varieties on prized sites that are located just east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, neighbouring the vineyards of the famed Château Rayas. Twenty-three separate plots have been identified, each of which is harvested at its optimum maturity. The soils vary greatly - from sandy beds to raised terraces of the famous pudding stones (galets roulés) to calcareous hillsides - and offer huge potential for complexity in the wines.