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Provence Travel Guide


Just west of the great mass of Mont Ventoux, surrounded by farmland and vineyards, is Beaumes-de-Venise, where streets of shuttered bourgeois homes slope steeply into a market center. This is the renowned source of a delicately sweet muscat wine, but if you’re tasting, don’t overlook the local red wine.

Beaumes lies at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, a small

range of rocky chalk cliffs eroded to lacy pinnacles—hence the name dentelles (lace). From tiny D21, east of town, you’ll find dramatic views north to the ragged peaks and south over lush orchards and vineyards interspersed with olive groves, pine, and yew trees. It’s a splendid drive, and if you love nature it would be well worth staying in this area—many of the stone houses have been converted into bed-and-breakfasts.

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