Beaumes de Venise
The Beaume-de-Venise vineyards (630 ha in 2013) are located at an altitude of 100 to 600 metres surrounding the villages of Beaumes-de-Venise, Lafare, La Roque-Alric and Suzette, where they are tucked in between the Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail. The three different terroirs here are: Trias (ochre yellow, reddish-purple soil rich in magnesium, calcium and iron), Crétacé (white chalky soil) and Jurassic (grey soil, especially In the south east).
Although the region owes its fame to fortified wine (vin doux naturel) made from muscat grapes (94% of total production) its red wines were granted cru status in 2005. The white and red wines from this region are classified as Côtes du Rhône Villages. There are approximately 100 independent producers in the area, as a well as a cooperative with a good reputation. The level of sustainability is above average here, possibly because the visible deterioration of the Dentelles is a reminder of the fragility of the environment.
The climate here is characterized by hot summers and strong mistral winds. The red Beaume-de-Venise is always a blend, which ensures a proper balance between alcohol, acidity and tannin. Grenache noir (at least 50%) and syrah (at least 25%), are blended with a maximum of 20% of other typical red Rhône grape varieties (mourvèdre, carignan) and/or a maximum of 10% ‘white’ Rhône varieties (viognier, roussanne, grenache blanc). As a result of this, the red Beaumes-de-Venise wines differ widely in character, depending on the individual winemaker.