Beaumes-de-Venise has been occupied since well before Roman times. The village’s famous muscat wines were served at the papal court in Avignon in the 14th century.
The ruins of its medieval fortifications and chateau can be seen on a rocky outcrop behind the house, and in the village centre is a 16th century church and belltower.
Around the town square are shops including cafes, boulangeries and restaurants. There is also a supermarket, newsagency, pharmacy, tabac, post office and Credit Agricole bank, as well as shops selling local produce including wine, olive oil and ceramics.
Every Tuesday is market day in the Cours Jean Jaures, with stallholders offering local goods including cheese, charcuterie, meat, fish and linen. The village has several restaurants, from a wood fired pizzeria to more upmarket restaurants such as Auberge St Roch and La Table des Balmes.
The surrounding area has many fine restaurants and plenty of renowned vineyards, most open for tasting and cellar door sales. Domaine de Durban and Domaine de Coyeux are excellent local wineries.