Châteauneuf de Gadagne

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A charming citadel with all the soul of Provence and a rich history stretching back over a thousand years, Châteauneuf de Gadagne is named after the famous Guadagni family from Florence, Italy. The village has always preserved its originality and independent character over the centuries. The motto of the Dukes of Gadagne was “the obstacle increases my desire.”

The feudal Château was dismantled after the French Revolution but had been one of the largest in the region. Châteauneuf de Gadagne is now famous for its setting, its quality of life and many facilities.

Its reputation also flows from the expertise of its winemakers who, for generations, have cultivated vines on gravelly slopes, perfect for their culture. Five private producers and a wine cooperative make wines of the famous Côtes-du-Rhône, and carry the new appellation “Cote du Rhone Village Gadagne.”

The village was the birthplace of the “Félibrige” movement for the renewal of the Provençal language, as can be seen, proudly displayed on road signs announcing “Castel Nou de Gadagno, Brès dou Felibrige.”

One of the first documents published by the Félibrige was an almanac, the Amarna Provençau, in 1855, announcing upcoming events and festivals. It also contained a history of Provence, to educate the people of the region and introduce them to Provençal literature.

 

The village offers the walker a maze of narrow streets and shady squares, which lead to the Campbeau plateau, where an original War Memorial by the sculptor Jean-Pierre Gras is to be found, along with the tomb of Pierre-Marie d'Alcantara Goujon, benefactor of the town.

On the Plateau de Campbeau, an orientation table explains the the view that extends over Mont-Ventoux, the Vaucluse mountains and the famous Fountain, the Alpilles and Luberon hills. At the foot of the village the plain, irrigated by a network of rivers and canals is the gateway to the Land of the Sorgue from Avignon.

North of the plateau the Château de la Chapelle with its public park, the “garden of Noria” with its kids play-park (the Wood of Adventure), is a place to enjoy regional culture and relax. The different rooms of the Château play host to lots of activities.

To the east of the hill is the Château de Fontségugne (a private Vineyard), where Fédéric Mistral and his friends (Paul Giera Joseph Roumanille Theodore Aubanel, Anselme Mathieu, Jean Brunet, Anfos Tavan...) founded the “Félibrige” movement for the literary, artistic and cultural renaissance of the Provençal language, on 21 May 1854, making Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne an iconic location for the all regions of the Langue d'Oc country.