Just 20 minutes down the road from Avignon is the town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, home of the famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine. The town is tiny, only 2,000 people live there year round, but there are wine caves for you to indulge in a tasting on every corner.
The day after we arrived in France/Avignon, we drove to Chateuneuf-du-Pape in search of wine. We did not plan enough in advance to visit any vineyards, but our afternoon in CDP was perfect nonetheless. We spent a half hour at a small wine museum learning about the wines of the Rhone valley before heading to the top of the town for lunch at Le Verger des Papes. The restaurant has a gorgeous view that looks out over the countryside and it serves a 20 Euro, three-course lunch. We had a duck salad to start, pork and potatoes for an entree, and a fig tarte to finish, all while taking in the gorgeous view and enjoying the sunshine. It was really perfect and I highly recommend fitting this into your trip if you end up in the town.
After lunch, we walked off our meal around the town. The ruins of a medieval castle commissioned by one of the Avignon Popes sits above the restaurant at the top of the town. In addition to strolling, we of course did some wine tasting, which was a total success - we couldn't resist shipping a box of wine home.