Beaumes de venise
The vineyards are located in the communes of Beaumes-de-Venise, Suzette, Lafare et La Roque-Alric, i the Vaucluse department.
The soil consists of soft limestone with scattered pockets of sandstone and sandy molasse. This soil is neither heavy not rocky.
Authorised varieties for the appellation’s red wines are: maximum 65% Grenache, minimum 25% Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault, and maximum 10% other approved varieties.
Rosé wines can have up to 60% Grenache, followed by Camarèse (very little grown), 15% minimum Cinsault, 15% maximum Carignan, and maximum 10% other approved varieties.
While not widely known, the red and rosé wines of Beaumes de Venise are very worthwhile, with an interesting taste profile due in large part to the appellation’s microclimate.
The origin of the name Beaumes-de-Venise comes from Venise (meaning "belonging to the Comtat Venaissin", once a part of the Vaucluse department including the cities of Cavaillon, Carpentras, and Vaison-la-Romain, and a former Papal fief) and balma, meaning "cave" in Provençal dialect.