Museo delle Vite e del Vino

This museum pays homage the beloved Morellino di Scansano and the centuries’ old tradition of growing grapes and producing wine that exists in Scansano.

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.