|Wine Museums: preserving the history of Argentinian wine|
|martes, 04 noviembre 2008|
San Felipe Wine Museum
Besides producing prestigious wines, bodega La Rural, located in Maipú department, Mendoza, offers visitors the chance to experience the San Felipe Wine Museum, the most important in South America. The collection comprises 5000 original pieces which date back to the mid 16th century and late 19th century. One of the most valuable pieces is an original ox leather press from the colonial period. In addition, the museum has displays featuring cooper tools, baked mud vats, winemaking books and catalogues, lab instruments and around fifty carriages. These pieces were mainly rescued from the winery's warehouses and other buildings in the Maipú area.
As well as enjoying the historical wealth of the wine museum, visitors are invited to obverse the current winemaking process in the new winery. The tour circuit includes some time in the Maipú vineyards owned by the company.
Santiago Graffigna Museum
In November 2003, Bodega Santiago Graffigna (located in Desamparados, San Juan province), inaugurated the Santiago Graffigna Museum, aiming at the preservation of the heritage and tradition of the winery's founders. The Graffigna family participated actively in the collection of information, photographs, sound and film documents and in through the spontaneous oral account of historical events.
The museum has an auditorium and an operations room where the winery's press used to function. In the casks yard visitors may take a rest under the shade of the first vines. In addition, the museum has a vineyard area where traditional grape-growing techniques and the province's climate are explained. The area where the old offices used to function is also open to visitors. The tour comes to an end in the Wine Bar, originally decorated and selling souvenirs and wines.
Bodega La Banda Wine Museum
In the Cafayate region in Salta, Bodega La Banda -producer of Vasija Secreta wines- has a Wine Museum featuring ancient machinery and personal objects belonging to the winery's previous owners. The display comprises over 300 pieces, including machines, furniture and tools, representing a great attraction for wine-loving tourists. It was inaugurated in 1977 when the old Bodega La Banda was rebuilt. During the remodeling stages, the existence of machinery dating back to the 19th century was discovered as debris was being removed.
In addition, the winery tour includes two wine tasting rooms. One of them has a seating capacity for 50 people while the smaller one is for groups of around 15 people.
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