The vineyards are located on the east and south-east slopes at the foot of the rocky Dentelles de Montmirail. While the name “de Venise” conjures up an Italian city it’s actually a distortion of “de Venisse”, meaning “of the Comtat Venaissan” or “Comtat Avignonnais”.
Beaumes de Venise‘s reputation owes much to the wonderful fortified Vin Doux Naturel (VDN) Muscat de Beaumes de Venise wine.Greek colonists planted the first Muscat vines in Beaumes around 600BC. From 1309 onwards, Pope Clement V owned muscat producing facilities. Even though the religious wars caused the vineyards to shrink during the Middle Ages, the nobility consumed Muscat on a regular basis.
Vin Doux Naturel Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise was officially awarded AOC Cru status in 1945, and applied retroactively to the 1943 vintage. In 1957, Beaumes de Venise dry red wines were included in the Côtes du Rhône production area.