Roquemaure is a town and commune in Gard department, southern France. It lies 12 km (7.5 miles) north of Avignon on the right bank of Rhone River. In 2012 census the commune had a population of 5,420 inhabitants. Its total area is 26.22 km2 (10.12 ml2).
During the medieval period, Roquemaure was the site of royal castle. However, after the French Revolution, it was dismantled and currently only 2 towers remain. During the 18th century the town of Roquemaure was a centre of attempts to manage the production of wine in the region and the "Côte du Rhône" term was coined. Roquemaure is infamous for being the place where a pest of grapevines, phylloxera, was introduced in the 1860s in France from North America. Viticulture is still a major activity in the commune. A few types of wine are produced like some classified as "Côtes du Rhône Appellation d'origine contrôlée".
From the middle of the 17th century, and may be much earlier, the port of Roquemaure was situated 400 m (1,300 ft) to the west of the castle, close to the present car park and Cave Granier in town's l’Escatillon district. During the 18th century Rhone River deposited silt around Ile de Meimart which increased in size and blocked access to the port. During the 19th century attempts were made to build a new port to the north of Square Tower but silt's build-up limited the depth of water.
In 1835 work started on the construction of suspension bridge over Rhone at Roquemaure. There was no bridge across the river at the time between Pont-Saint-Esprit and Avignon. The bridge was destroyed in August 1944 during World War II by American aircraft. A chain ferry was operated across the river until the current bridge was opened in 1959.
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