In this old farm and tow relay from the twelfth century, men and their horses who ensured the transportation of goods on the Rhône, were lodging for rest and meditation at the Domaine de l'Hers.
In the nineteenth century, Anselme Mathieu, a famous poet from Chateauneuf-du-Pape and co-founder of Félibrige, organized meals and meetings with his friends poets and writers. Alphonse Daudet was particularly charmed by the site.
With respect for the historic environment and countryside, the old relay of the fifteenth century was recently transformed into a holiday and seminar place. The remaining area of agriculture produces wine, representative of the region.
Today its walls are home to the stately home with its distinctive tower (private), a large vaulted hall (dedicated to hosting groups and tasting sessions), and modern and spacious bed and breakfast in the heart of the vineyard .
The owners of Château de l'Hers were able to save for generations an important cultural and natural heritage of the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape:
- 25 hectares of vines are under cultivation, including the "Château de l'Hers," Marcel Georges vineyard, producer of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
- Approximately 50 hectares of woodland and garrigues (a typical nature of the region) have been preserved and are available as a source of welfare for walkers and the local wildlife, including game.
- An old lime kiln - one of the few remaining on the territory of Chateauneuf-du-Pape - shows, beside the waters of the Arméniers, production of lime. A precious ingredient of mortar, the lime in the Middle Ages was the source of prosperity. It gave her name to the city, which was then called "Chateauneuf Calcernier". Castrum Novum Calcernarium means "Châteauneuf lime sifted".
- With the Notre Dame des Vignes Chapel, erected on the ruins of an old lime kiln, and the Chapel of Reconciliation (under construction) in the walls of the old farm, the owners of the domain respect the religious tradition stronghold of Hers which reaches to the Carolingian eras but which was lost since the revolution and who had set the old castle ruins of Hers.
Welcome to the Hers, discover the tranquility of nature and the precious witnesses to its history