Sainte CÚcile les Vignes

The Vaucluse Departement - Pop.: 2,476 inh.

puce Located 16 km north-east of Orange and 20 km west of Vaison la Romaine.

Sainte Cecile les Vignes, arival

Sainte Cecile les Vignes is a small peaceful village spreading over the plain in an area known as the "Provence of the Popes" (Provence des Papes), on the northern border of the Vaucluse and the Dro;me.

As its name suggests, here you are in one of the most important Cotes du Rhone wine-making areas..


Sainte Cecile les Vignes, vineyards


So you will not be surprised to see acres of vine fields all around Sainte Cecile.

The vineyards line the road, right up to the heart of the village.



Sainte Cecile les Vignes, square

They produce the AOC "Cotes du Rhone" and the brand new AOC "Cotes du Rhone Village Sainte Cecile".

Some wineries also produce neighboring appellations such as the AOC "Grignan les Adhemar" and the AOC "Cotes du Rhone Village", "Plan in Dieu", "Cairanne", "Massif d'Uchaux" ...


Sainte Cecile les Vignes, cultural centre and tourist office

There are two cooperative cellars in Sainte Cecile: Cave Cecilia, the oldest, which marks the entrance to the village from the Orange road and the Cave des Vignerons Reunis and its Colombe des Vignes cellar (Route de Valreas).

Sainte Cecile is a picturesque village for a visit, revealing ancient private mansions and some very interesting ruins.


Sainte Cecile les Vignes, bell tower

In olden times (from 1370 onwards) the village was protected by ramparts, traces of which can be seen to this day.

The old centre is encircled by three courtyards, with lively cafe and shops (Trintignant, La Poste and Portalet)..


Sainte Cecile les Vignes, house


The oldest part of the village comprises ancient houses built right up against each other.

As you walk around, you cannot fail to see the Clock Tower, crowned by its wrought iron campanile with a small bell.


Sainte Cecile les Vignes, main street

You can also visit Sainte Cecile church and take a look at the mairie. Don't miss the 14th century Tour de Defense which houses the Tourist Office and the wine tasting cellar run by the Wine-growers of Sainte Cecile. It's time to take a breather.... and meanwhile you can admire the beautiful 14th century vaulted roof.




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puce What to see:

Remains of the ramparts with the 14th century Clock Tower.
House of Cardinal Cecilius (village library).
12th century Ste Cécile church, altered in the 18th century.
The wine co-operative, vineyards.

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puce Leisure activities:

Man made lake with facilities. Fishing.
Tennis. Walking.
Saturday morning market.

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puce Accommodation:


Hotel.
Gites. Vacation rentals.

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puce Neighbouring towns and villages:

Lagarde Pareol (4 km), Cairanne (5 km) and Serignan du Comtat (8 km).

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