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Wine Museum


muzeum-vina-1.jpgOn the first sight it does not seem to be an attractive plan for your Parisian walks. It’s neither Louvre, nor Musée d Orsay or Rodin Museum. However, you are in the country of wines, among people for whom the wine knowledge and tasting is one of the biggest pleasures of life and definitely belongs to their „savoir-vivre“.

In the quiet square named „Square Charles Dickens“ in the aristocratic quarter Passy, on the street Rue des Eaux you are welcomed by the inscription „Musée du Vin“. You enter and find yourself in the cave stone premises of the limemuzeum-vina-2.jpg stone pit. In the period from the 13th century to 18th century the lime stone from this place supplied the construction of Paris.

Today the stone corridors supported by vaults host the museum with the collection of about thousand objects related to the vineayards and wine. In the cave premises from the 14th century there is also a restaurant, in which various cockteils, receptions, wine tasting and classes are held. In the offer you can notice the wine tasting with chocolate or the class explaining the difference between the Bordeaux and Bourgogne wines.

Even those who are not professional vine-dressers or experts in wines, will be interested in the objects used for grapes picking, methods how to avoid the vineyard diseases, cognac production, huge historical alembic, samples of wines from the Parisian region, table art with wine serving during several centuries, various glasses, jars, from Gallo-Roman times, through Middle Age till the present time, numerous kinds of the bottle openers and corks.You are like Alice in Wonderland, on each step museum surprises, teaches and astonishes you.muzeum-vina-3.jpg

You will learn that already in the 2nd century by the Saint Jacques tower in Lutecia there was a vineyeard, you will learn that Napoleón liked to dring the Burgundy wine and he had his wine served with water even on the battle fields. You will learn that the saint of the vine-dressers is Saint Vincent, who is celebrated on January 22nd when the vineyard gets after winter to the active phase, the ground starts to warm up slowly and the vineyards can be cut.

The entrance ticket includes the wine tasting. Since we are here during the lunch break of a work day, the stuff kindly meets our request to change the wine for the coffee, to which we add the pleasure of raspberries tiramitsu.

For the conclusion a curious information from the museum website: the name of the street „rue des Eaux“ (in translation „Waters street“) comes from the fact that in the Passy quarter there were discovered several mineral water sources in the period between the 2nd half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century.

M.D.D., Paristep