Beaumes de Venise

This is a market town, a little larger and busier than its surrounding wine producing neighbors.

The main square is dominated by a 16th Century church and lined by shops and cafes. Narrow streets and village houses follow the contours of the hills that rise up from the village center all the way up to the ruins of the 12th Century feudal chateau at the highest point of the village.  On the road to Vacqueyras is the Notre Dame d’Aubune Chapel with its beautiful 9th Century Romanesque bell tower.

Wines produced here carry the distinction of Cote du Rhone wine growing region as well as the appellation of Cote du Ventoux.

It also has its own appellation of Muscat Beaumes de Venise,  which is a well known desert wine.  Muscat grapes which are its basis were first introduced to this area by the ancient Greeks who used this town as a spa

On the way out of town, on the road to Lafare is a working olive oil mill which is open to the public throughout the year.