Top 10 wine museums of the world

Desmond Castle and International Museum of Wine Exhibition, Cork, Ireland

DSCN3006While its name implies a far grander affair, the The International Museum of Wine is in fact necessarily small, but houses a unique exhibition detailing Ireland’s wine history.

While intrepid wine lovers might find cause to stop off at this Cork outpost, additional appeal comes from the fact its  wine exhibitions is located inside Desmond Castle, an attraction in its own right.

The medieval castle was built by Maurice Bacach Fitzgerald, the 9th Earl of Desmond, in the 1500s. Originally built as a Custom House, it was occupied by the spanish in 1601 during the Battle of Kinsale and later held French and Spanish prisoners of war during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was declared a National Monument in 1938.

It is open daily from April to September with admission for adults charged at €4.

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9 Responses to “Top 10 wine museums of the world”

  1. Great overview. But I miss the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture in Rioja, Spain.

  2. Peter Zelek says:

    Recently visited the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture in Briones, Spain and it certainly deserves to be included in this list. It is a fantastic wine museum.

  3. Al Sewell says:

    No World Wine Museum list can be complete without the Vivanco Museum in Rioja. It is truly outstanding. I haven’t been to the 10 mentioned here but believe the Vivanco museum is as good as any, anywhere. Have a look at http://www.vivancoculturadevino.es !!

  4. Keith Grainger says:

    Yes, the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture is truly excellent.

  5. F. Saverio says:

    I really love the Torgiano (Italy) wine museum by Lungarotti’s Family!
    I wrote about it on my http://www.wineblogroll.com

  6. Javier Lorenzo says:

    An incredible museum of wine is Museo del vino in Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina, At Bodega La Rural. This is an fantastic museum to see the vineyard grape growing and winemaking. activities of the area. All the information provided is essential to understanding the history of all the other wineries of the different regions. The museum is well preserved, with different modern and ancient tools used in the production of wine. The Museo del vino has many wine making equipments. Meanwhile the guide explains about vinification throughout the history of Bodega La Rural, the tour takes you around oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Some parts of the way you can smell the aroma of alcohol from the fermentation process. For those who like history and wine, this tour would be great.

  7. Kryj Maciej says:

    I have the collection of tin plates with a theme of wine making This collection is the largest collection in Europe.

    The collection shown on my website http://www.galerialamp.com/tal
    is part of a bigger collection. New tin items are continuously being added to the collection and the webpage is then updated. The collection mainly consists of items made of tin but there are few items made of copper as well. The whole collection is wine themed showing the whole cycle of making wine from growing and picking grapes to the final stage of tasting and distribution of wine. Therefore the items have been divided into two themed groups:

    1.Wine production,
    2. Enjoyment of wine.

    There are various tin plates, cups, chalices & wine carafes. The tinware has all been crafted by tinsmiths which depict people working in vineyards, the different stages of wine making, people consuming wine in an inn, cellars with wine barrels. The theme originates from the XIXth and XXth century traditions of wine making and enjoyment. The unique compositions made of one or few plates have been enhanced by adding a metal or wooden frame

  8. Kryj Maciej says:

    I invite you to visit my website This is the collection of tin plates with a theme of wine making It is the largest collection in Europe. . The whole collection is wine themed showing the whole cycle of making wine from growing and picking grapes to the final stage of tasting and distribution of wine.
    http://www.galerialamp.com/tal

  9. Brian McD says:

    Check the Shanghai Wine Museum out! it’s just been recently opened but it is really massive. I wouldn’t say that wine tools collection is wide yet, could be better as for this kind of investment, but I must admit that everything is managed very professionalyl. Definelty worth visiting if you once get in Shanghai! http://siwsm.org/en/

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