The Vine
and Wine Museum
Montespertoli

The Vine and Wine Museum "I Lecci" focuses on the heritage and culture of the most celebrated product of the Chianti zone.


Montespertoli, The Vine and Wine Museum

The museum

The Vine and Wine Museum is located within a part of the Centre for Wine Culture “I Lecci” situated amidst the peaceful Tuscan countryside with vineyards and olive trees that’s a perfect introduction to the exhibition.
The Museum collects the evidences of the culture of the main product of the area, the wine, and offers an overview of local wine-making history with a wide range of tools, documents and images covering the period from the late 18th to the middle of the 20th century.
The work tools, photographs and information panels help the visitor to learn more about the structures, customs and traditions of the world of agriculture.
The visit ends with the laboratory of senses that gives the visitors the chance to live a real sensory experience connected to the magical world of wine.

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Sciences & Technics

The Vat Cellar

This part of the Wine Museum shows the tools that were found in the Vat cellar. The harvested grapes underwent an initial mashing in the field, inside the chariot with which the grapes had been poured from the baskets and which was used to transport them to the farm. The chariots with the grapes were brought to the Vat Cellar. Here the grapes were, in earlier times, crushed with their feet on a wooden plank called “cola” or “culla”, and only later were used the “gramola” which from the end of World War II was replaced by the crusher-stemmer machinery that, in addition to crushing the grapes, allowed for the grapes to be crushed. The juice, skins, seeds and any other solid parts constituted the must that was poured into the vat where the fermentation. Although its function over time has remained unchanged, the vat has undergone profound transformations over the years: traditionally they were made of chestnut or oak wood with a truncated cone shape that was difficult to clean, sometimes they were made also in stone, but it was an uncommon kind, later they were made of concrete and lined internally with ceramic or resin. Nowadays, vats are mostly made in stainless steel that is easy to clean and maintain.

Sciences & Technics

Flasks and demijohns

“A glass vase, round and stout […], with no base; with a top or […] with reed matting surrounding the body, and forms a base at its foot…”.

 

This is the definition of flask in the 1887 “Vocabolario della Crusca”, but the flask is mentioned first from literary sources then from archaeological, documentary, and iconographic sources; even Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, written between 1349 and 1353, refers to the flask as a suitable vessel for holding ‘vermilion wine.’ The earliest figurative evidence concerning the stuffed flask dates from the mid-14th century, while the figure of the woman who covers flasks within the glassworks, but often also at home, commonly known as the flask-maker, dates from the 17th century.
The handy, practical and inexpensive flask had become the most suitable and common vessel for selling and transporting one’s own wine. Between the mid-19th century and the early 20th century, the most common flask equipped with vertically arranged sala strips called ‘Chianti use’ was used to bottle table wine of quick consumption while the ‘Toscanello’ flask, which contained better quality wine intended to make longer journeys, was characterized by a sturdier lining. In addition to flasks, glassworks produced free blowing with the characteristic green-coloured glass, other utensils and vessels suitable for winemaking and wine storage viz.: levaioli, funnels, canes for flaming, oil cruets and also demijohns.

The land

Montespertoli’s significant history is hardly surprising considering its geographic position, which made the town an important center of trade as early as the 11th century. Here, landscape and history come together to create a “composite of the Tuscan bel paese“.

A little more than 25 km from Florence, 50 km from Siena and 60 km from Pisa, a scenario of nature, history, museums and castles opens up, introducing us to a true and genuine environment, far from the usual tourist destinations. Here high-quality local products can be tasted. Montespertoli, a nearby village with ancient traditions, a territory not difficult to reach, capable of transporting you within a landscape of which you immediately feel part of.

The village’s medieval origins are still visible today in ruins scattered around the area, along with older vestiges of Roman and Etruscan settlements. Here, landscape and history come together to create a “composite of the Tuscan bel paese,” where human intervention has left room for native flora and fauna as well as numerous historical and archeological sites.

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  • Memories
  • Sciences & Technics

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Contacts

The Vine and Wine Museum
(Museo della Vite e del Vino)

Via Lucardese, 74
50025 – Montespertoli (Firenze)
tel. +39 0571 600255
e-mail: info@visitmontespertoli.it
ufficioturistico@comune.montespertoli.fi.it

Opening hours

summer season
(from April 1 to October 31)

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
10 am – 1 pm and 5 pm- 7 pm


winter season

(from November 1 to March 31)

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
10 am – 12 pm and 3 pm – 5 pm

Tickets

Individual ticket: € 2,00


Combined ticket
(including The Montespertoli Sacred Art Museum and the Amedeo Bassi Museum)

Regular: € 5,00
Reduced: € 3,00

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