Wine, a product of excellence in the French style... everyone loves it! To the glory of the winegrowers, their working methods and their products, the wine and vine museums are in full expansion. Their number is steadily increasing, which proves the interest of the French for the products they consume and the popularity of the profession. They are also important cultural actors for the development of wine tourism in France. From Gaillac to Bordeaux and Beaune, all the regions are in tune with each other and offer to discover the history, gestures and products that make their wines special juices. As a couple, with your family or with colleagues, discover its wine museums!
A stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower, in the 16th arrondissement, the Paris Wine Museum offers you a visit to its splendid 15th century vaulted cellars. After having long been the official cellars of the Dame de Fer restaurant, they were rehabilitated in 1984 by the Conseil des Echansons. The museum now offers a complete tour that will introduce you to the methods of winemaking and wine preservation and all the objects that are used during the wine maturing process. The most gourmet of us will have lunch at Les Echansons restaurant: we recommend the food and wine pairings, all from the European community.
It is one of the most beautiful museums in the world, it is both an architectural work and a museum: we are of course talking about the Cité du Vin. This building, with its futuristic design, hosts the presentation of what is the pride of the Bordeaux region: wine as an art form. It is in magnificent spaces and on a multi-sensory journey that you will discover how wine is made, from the vine to the bottling. The Bordeaux museum stands out clearly from the others on a national and international scale for its intuitiveness and pedagogy. Panels and information will guide you through the 19 thematic rooms.
Between two visits and tastings at the estate, take the time to visit the Burgundy Wine Museum. The Burgundy Museum presents an impressive collection of bottles, jars and other products related to wine. Nestled in the heart of the Hôtel des Ducs de Bourgogne, this museum will delight young and old alike with a very pleasant outdoor space. After the mandatory review of the stages of wine making, you can let yourself be tempted by the olfactory workshop where you will discover the flavours of Burgundy wine.
The Musée du vin du Grand Est offers an interesting discovery of the winegrower's profession but also of those whose professions are linked to it such as the cooper or the glassblower. On the two floors of this large, typically Alsatian house, you will see objects dating from the 17th and 18th centuries that you will surely not see anywhere else. Screw presses, ploughs, filterers or corkers will make you understand that making wine three centuries ago was not as easy as it can be today! This museum will make an excellent stop on your Alsatian Wine Route.
It is in a historic building of breathtaking beauty that you will have the opportunity to discover the vine and wine trades in Gaillac, in the Tarn. It was none other than the Benedictine monks of the region who built this abbey in the 10th century. Dominating the Tarn, the vineyard museum allows you to discover the work of the winegrowers and the instruments, sometimes of religious origin, that they used at the time. You will end the visit in style with a tasting of Gaillacois wines, to the delight of wine lovers.