Nathalie Reynaud took over lately the family estate which is dating back to 1880 when the first parcel was planted by her great grandfather near Chateau Rayas, by the lieu-dit “les Bedines” which was classified in 1936 with the first appellation-controlled map drawing of chateauneuf du Pape.
The name Chateauneuf du Pape means “pope’s new castle” and refers to when the seat of the roman Catholic Church was in Avignon in the 14th century.
The 40 acres vineyard has been since managed by the Reynaud family over five generations, but the grapes were historically sold to local negociant houses.
In 2012, Nathalie started to produce her own bottling under the label Chateauneuf du Pape label “’Abbé Dine”.
Abbé dine was the name of the first parcel acquired in 1880 by her family (the name originates from a local priest who during the religion war was giving mass service in exchange for food and wine).