In the heart of an area dedicated to viticulture and wine production for centuries, in Sala Baganza in the province of Parma, is the seat of the Wine Museum, entirely dedicated to Parma wine, its history and its culture. The extraordinary exhibition and sensory itinerary is housed in the suggestive cellars and in the former ice house of the Rocca Sanvitale, nestled on the first hills of the Apennines, near the Baganza stream. The fortress, which dominates the town square, is embellished with valuable frescoes and decorations, sixteenth-century works by Orazio Samacchini, Bernardino Campi and Cesare Baglione.

Reachable in just over 50 minutes by car from our farmhouse, the museum is part of the wider circuit of Food Museums. In the Parma area, viticulture was already present in prehistoric times but above all it was highly developed in Roman times. In the Roman colony of Parma founded in 183 a. C. the consumption of wine was initially based on imports even if archaeological excavations have led to the hypothesis that a few years after the foundation of the colony, extensive vineyards had already been planted in the Parma hills.

The excellence of Parma wine is already witnessed in the 19th century, as well as by documents and memoirs, by the presence of some precious centuries-old bottles preserved in the cellars of the area. They are a rare and valuable sign of the work of those passionate and sensitive pioneers who knew how to raise the name of Parma in the world as early as the mid-19th century. A fame that the spread of phylloxera in the 1920s effectively eliminated and that has only recently resumed its journey with new awareness.

The exhibition itinerary is divided into six sections: the first, set up in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum, is dedicated to the archeology of wine in the Parma area; the second explores the aspects related to the characteristics of the vine plant and viticulture; the third tells the story of the harvest and the preparation of wine through ancient tools and objects; the fourth illustrates the role of the vine and wine in rituals, history and art, immersed in a millenary culture rich in traditions; the fifth tells the story of wine containers and the trades related to them; and the sixth presents the fruits of viticulture, the cultivated varieties and the wines produced in the Parma area. The itinerary then ends with the tasting in the wine shop in the basement of the Rocca.

For more information visit the official web site Museo del Vino

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