Here are 5 Italian Wine Museums for all you wine-lovers visiting Italy and dying to take their wine knowledge up a notch! Want to spend an entire day discovering the joys and pains of winemaking through history, art and local traditions? Well, then this itinerary was made for you. Italy is world famous for the production of excellent wines and offers such a rich oenological culture that it would be a sin not to delve deeper into its roots and ancient customs.
Museo del Vino, one of Chianti’s best Italian Wine Museums
Greve in Chianti is the main town of the Chianti wine district – which stretches from the south of Florence to north of Siena – and is not very far from Tuscany’s capital city. The wine museum was established by the Farloni family, who have been collecting materials for years in order to document and share the rich history of Chianti Classico Wine. Here you can visit a permanent exhibition with working tools, decorations from official celebrations and other memorabilia. There is also a cellar that hosts wine tasting and wine&food events.
Museo del Vino, Bardolino (Veneto)
This Italian Wine Museum is located in the Bardolino area overlooking the Lago di Garda, Italy’s largest lake. It was founded in 1991 and it is divided in thematic areas according to the different stages of the wine making process, from the growing of the grapes to the harvest, up to the final bottling phase.
Museo del Vino, Torgiano (Umbria)
Designed and built by the Lungarotti Museum, this wine museum was opened in 1974 in the heart of the medieval village of Torgiano, Umbria. The museum traces the history of wine from the Ellenistic era until today. Guests are also able to take part in tutored tastings, visit a working vineyard and enjoy its restaurant.
Museo del Vino, Barolo (Piedmont)
This is one of the most innovative Italian wine museums. The Barolo Wine museum was opened in 2010 inside the walls of an over 1000-year old castle . The entire exhibition shows how wine has influenced civilisation, artistic expression and every single aspect of Italy’s everyday life . The museum also takes its guests on a tour that starts on the first floor and finishes underground in the castle.
Museo del Vino, Firenze (Tuscany)
At the wine museum in Florence, you can find 500+ historical pieces including authentic Etruscan, Roman and medieval artifacts.You can also enjoy a light aperitivo, a romantic dinner or a wine tasting of what Italians love to define “The Nectar of the Gods.”