Musée du Vin

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Musée du Vin
(Wine Museum of Paris)
Musée du Vin is located in Paris
Musée du Vin
Location within Paris
Established 1984
Location 5, Square Charles Dickens, Musée du Vin 75016 Paris, France
Coordinates 48°51′27″N 2°17′05″E / 48.857473°N 2.284686°E / 48.857473; 2.284686
Type Corkscrews
Wine production
Harvest the grapes
Wine tasting cup
Ancient Wine bottles
Visitors 22,100 (2008)
21,700 (2007)
19,300 (2006)
Director Mathieu Josse
Curator Jean-Jacques Hervy
Public transit access Passy Station Metro-M.svg Paris m 6 jms.svg

The Musée du Vin (in English: Wine Museum of Paris) is a cultural venue in the 16th arrondissement located at 5, square Charles Dickens, Paris, France next to the Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower.[1] The nearest métro station is Passy. It opened in 1984.


The museum testifies to the richness and diversity of the French craft of winemaking, through an exposure to tools and objects used to work the grapevine and the wine. The collection is shown in an old setting from the Middle Ages and arranged later in storerooms by the Tiny Brothers of the Convent of Passy.


Formerly, the hill where the winding galleries of the Wine Museum are located was covered by vast oak forest. Around the 6th century, Nigeon village is growing on the heights of Chaillot, with its crops, vineyards and quarries.[clarification needed]

In 1493, monks settled here. The area of there community extended to the present-day Water Street (Rue des Eaux). The building of the Abbaye de Passy began. The monks cultivated a few acres in a closed street, the existence of which the vinous road reminds us today.[clarification needed] In the hill, they discovered ancient quarries where they created the cellars of the Abbey.

From the 17th century, Rue des Eaux is open water and allows visitors to access the Museum. The name of the street refers to the mineral springs found there and was in great vogue until 1785. Today, visitors can peer at it through a well shaft. The French Revolution of 1789 removed the religious orders in 1790 and terminated the life of the Abbey, which was gradually destroyed. Rediscovered a few years ago, the Wine Museum opened to the public in 1984.


Wine Museum vaults.

The wine museum is located in old quarries of the Middle Ages, which were used as cellars in the 15th century. The brothers of the convent of the Minims (Passy) then produced wine very popular with King Louis XIII, from the wine harvest of the hillsides of the Seine. The Rue des Eaux, current location of the museum, takes its name from the discovery in the 17th century of hot springs that have been exploited for 200 years. The wine museum is owned by the Conseil des Echansons de France since 1984, a wine brotherhood gathering Amateur Wine purists in France and abroad, and which aims through the museum to "defend and promote the best wines of appellation of french origin" ("appelation d'origine controlée")., December 2010  Missing or empty |title= (help)


Rehabilitated after 1950, the former cellars of the convent of Minims served a while as cellars for the Eiffel Tower restaurants, before becoming the Wine Museum, owned since 1984 by the Conseil des Echansons de France. The Wine brotherhood, founded in 1954, aims to defend and promote best appellations of French terroirs. To this end, it organizes many prestigious events in France, abroad, and in the museum. It gathers around the world many thousands of professionals and amateurs who ensure the retention of expertise and quality that make the world-famous French wines. The "Conseil des Echansons de France" which runs the museum offers to the public a wide range of cultural activities and events on the subject of the vine and wine; and visits to the galleries where its collections are exposed. The collection is presented in the galleries beneath the hill of Passy.


Wine Museum.

A rich collection of more than 2,000 pieces is presented on the tools of viticulture, winemaking and wine tasting. The oldest of them date back a century before Jesus Christ to the most recent of the 19th century. Wax figures, some historical such as Napoléon, Pasteur or Balzac, depict objects in the collection.

In France, more than two thousand years of expertise led to the development of world-famous wines. Generations of winemakers, winery masters, coopers and wine experts have continued to refine their techniques to produce the most prestigious wines. This exhibition pays tribute to their professions. It offers visitors the opportunity to recognize or discover traditional tools, sometimes quirky, often overlooked, which are now part of French heritage. Many in fact are no longer used and are now kept in private collections and museums. They show, for generations to come, the ingenuity of their inventors and the skill of those who mastered their use.

The content of the exhibition includes:

  • The tools of the vine
  • The wine cellar
  • Cooperage
  • Wine and oenology
  • Objects to serve and taste wine
  • The traditions of the land

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