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 booming. Their number is steadily increasing which proves the interest of the French in 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 via Beaune, all the regions are in tune and offer to discover the history, gestures and products that make their wines special. As a couple, a family or with colleagues, set off to 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's restaurant, they were renovated in 1984 by the Conseil des Echansons. The museum now offers a complete visit that will make you discover the methods of winemaking and wine conservation and all the objects that are used during the wine maturing process. The most greedy among us will go to lunch at the restaurant Les Echansons: we advise you on 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. It is in magnificent spaces and on a multi-sensory trail that you will discover how wine is made, from the vine to the bottling. The Bordeaux museum clearly stands out from others nationally and internationally for its intuitiveness and pedagogy. Panels and information will guide you through the 19 themed 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 wine-related products. Nestled in the heart of the Hôtel des Ducs de Bourgogne, this museum will delight young and old alike with a very appreciable outdoor space. After the obligatory review of the stages of wine-making, you can let yourself be tempted by the olfactory workshop which will make you discover the perfumes of Burgundy wine.
The Musée du Vin du Grand Est offers an interesting discovery of the profession of winegrower but also of those whose trades are related 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, filtering or corking machines 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 stopover on your Alsace Wine Route.
It is in a historic building of breathtaking beauty that you will have the opportunity to discover the professions of the vine and wine in Gaillac, in the Tarn. It is none other than the Benedictine monks of the region who built this abbey in the 10th century. Overlooking the Tarn, the museum of the vine makes you discover the work of the wine growers and the instruments, sometimes of religious origin, that they used at the time. You will end the visit in beauty with a tasting of Gaillac wines, to the delight of oenophiles.
Les Grappes offers many activities and tastings at winegrowers' homes in all French wine-growing regions