Beaumes de Venise, a charming village near Dentelles de Montmirail
With its superb geographic location right at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail hills, Beaumes de Venise is a village where life is good. Its many lovely features include country walks on which you can admire the many natural sites around the village, such as the "balmes", meaning “caves” in Provençal, from which the place takes its name. Add to these the many sloping hills above, where the vines are planted and the wineries allow you to taste the famous muscat doux, the Beaumes de Venise red and other Côtes du Rhône appellation rosé and white wines.
The Plateau des Courens hike
An easy walk starting at the market place will take you on a journey through the superb vineyards and back through time. This walk, accessible for all levels, is punctuated by majestic views.
Route and map available from: www.ventouxprovence.fr
Remains from the past
Beaumes is also home to several remains from the past which make lovely places to walk:
The ruins of the 13th-century château offer an amazing panoramic view not to be missed!
The Notre-Dame d'Aubune church is a magnificent building and showcases Provençal Roman art from the 12th century. Step inside to discover its impressive Baroque-style altar, as well as a tableau painted in the 17th century recounting the story of the Plague epidemic which ravaged the village during this era.
Le Muscat doux
What makes Beaumes de Venise special is its sloping hillsides which provide a wonderful amount of sunshine for the vines, transforming the muscat into a naturally mild wine unique to Provence.
This dessert wine is a particularly good accompaniment to a tasty French treat from the patisserie ;-)
Want to hone your cocktail-making skills? The Rhonéa winery organises cocktail-making workshops based around the muscat wine.
Le Domaine de Coyeux
Situated high up on the outskirts of the town, the Domaine de Coyeux estate, in addition to offering eco-friendly wine-tasting and activities, enjoys an astonishing panoramic view with its sloping vines stretching towards the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains.
Find out more here: www.domainedecoyeux.com
The Dentelles de Montmirail
Between Beaumes de Venise, Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Lafare, lies this small, unique mountain chain.
It is made up of three lines of limestone formed and chiselled by erosion. Between each line, small secret valleys shelter the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône appellation.
Many trails and paths allow access to the heart of these lands. Walk them in the springtime or even better when the autumn colours illuminate the vineyards.
Beaumes-de-Venise Tourist Office - Gigondas Tourist Office
The Rhonéa Winery
The Rhonéa cooperative winery offers a host of wine tourism activities and events throughout the year: off-roading, pony treks, walks through the vineyard, treasure hunts, cocktail-making workshops, and more.
Good to know: A preferential rate is offered to Slow Provence customers, redeemable on wine purchases.
Find out more here: www.rhonea.fr