Museum of vine-growing and wine-making
  • Museum of vine-growing and wine-making

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Museum of vine-growing and wine-making

Resorts: Donnas

Open every Sunday with the following timetable:

  • December to April 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • May to October 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • November 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Other opening times:

  • Sant’Orso fair and event “Lou Courti” 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Easter Monday and 8th December 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 25th April 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 2nd June and 15th August 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

For visiting the museum on weekdays, please contact the Donnas Municipality by calling (+39) 0125 807051 or sending an e mail at info@comune.donnas.ao.it

Free admission

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Most exhibits and equipment are still commonly used nowdays in Donnas. Their origins date far back, with names in “patois” that are often impossible to translate and which evoke a past in which vine-growing was widely practised and deeply rooted in local culture. These simple objects were created by expert hands for use in a vineyard or a cellar.

The museum is housed in the cellar of the ‘’Anna Caterina Selve’’ school, built in honour of Mr.Federico Selve’s mother in favour of the population of Donnas.
The elegant building has a linear geometrical structure consisting of a single body on different heights and external horizontal ashlar-style contours.

The cellars have a beautiful vaulted brick ceiling.
Initially used as a deposit, between 1971 and 1976 the rooms housed the Caves Coopératives de Donnas and the first wine in Val d’Aosta with Controlled Denomination of Origin.
In 2003 the cellars were restored by the Municipality of Donnas in order to house the museum.

In addition to tools and objects related to grape harvesting and winemaking there are some touch screens that illustrate the must processing techniques and the local wines.

See also

Note - this information is not directly connected to the Cammino Balteo path but it is part of the Aosta Valley tourist offer.