Beaumes-de-Venise

 

The ancient Greeks used Beaumes-de-Venise as a spa and gifted the village the muscat grape which is used to make the famous sweet white wine Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise. The local red can also be good.

Beaumes-de-Venise has a number of restaurants, bars and food stores, and is the biggest of the villages of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Beaumes-de-Venise market is on Tuesday mornings year-round.

It has a ruined castle behind it which yields almost nothing to the visitor, as it is very ruined. More interesting is the chapel just outside town, which is a listed historical monument. Notre Dame d'Aubune is a beautiful example of 11th century Romanesque architecture, but what makes it exceptional is the highly decorative 12th century bell tower, with its height which was necessary then but lends it a rare elegance now.

You can park at Notre Dame d’Aubune and follow the path towards Beaumes-de-Venise, which is a very picturesque walk. The tourist office in Beaumes-de-Venise can provide hiking and biking itineraries for the surrounding countryside.