But the Scansanesi aren’t snobs. The haven’t just focused on the Morellino di Scansano. Instead, they chose to give visitors a better understanding of the cycle of grapes to wine in general, and feature wines from all over the Maremma.
As the museum shares a space with the Museo Archaeologico, there are wine-related objects and utensils on display that date back to the beginning of Scansano’s wine making history during the Bronze Age and right up to modern times. Don’t miss the huge intact clay vases used by the Etruscans to store wine.
This museum is also connected to an underground cellar. Spacious, this area used to be the town’s jail and you can actually visit the cells and sit on one of the jail beds. But don’t get the wrong idea. This space has been transformed into a very cool arm of the museum with turn-of-the-century equipment such as a grape press and oak barrels.
There’s also a modern and chic bar down there that often hosts wine tasting evenings and photo exhibitions. Ask at the tourist information desk to see if anything is on while you’re in town.
Address: Palazzo Pretorio, Scansano
April to March: Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm
June to September: Everyday except for Mondays 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm
Entry Price: € 2,58, entry into the Museo Archaeologico included
For more information, visit the official Museums of the Maremma website