Cave historique des hospices civils de Strasbourg

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Cave historique des hospices civils de Strasbourg

Cave historique des hospices civils de Strasbourg
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8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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Olivier-Dubai
The Marina, United Arab Emirates1,118 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Interesting visit of middle age cellar. It is worth to take the audio guide to understand the full history of this cellar which is still in activity. You can buy local wines from the shop. Nice to do.
Written August 14, 2020
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youngworldtravelers
Chicago, IL170 contributions
At first we couldn't figure out where the wine cellar is located - its in the basement of the medical center at the Civil Hospital. When you walk through the medical center gate the wine cellar is the first door on your left - it looks like a half circle. Just open it and walk downstairs into the basement. No one really greeted us or told us where to go. We just picked up a packet and walked around the wine cellar. The best experience was looking at the ancient barrels of wine from 1472! There is also a little wine shop inside with great wine! We all bought a couple of bottles with the recommendation of the friendly clerk. Overall the wine cellar is pretty small but it was a fun experience!
Written March 15, 2009
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Carlvanloey
Edegem, Belgium432 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
A bit harder to find, but for sure a must-do when you are in Strassbourg.
Check opening hours before you go as it closes for lunch and during some parts of the weekend.
Without audio tour it takes about 20min to visit the cave in the Hopital Civil.
Discover a wine that was created in 1472!!!
Second oldest bottle of alcohol in the world!
Written November 3, 2018
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Roberto I
The Hague, The Netherlands183 contributions
Jan 2020
It is not The Louvre and not even the Musee Alsacien. But if you are walking out of the City center you may pay a visit to the cave of the Hospital. You can see few barrels, nicely decorated and one dated 1492. Place with history and feelings. You can buy some wine in the shop
Written January 5, 2020
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Carolyn B
Leesburg, VA9 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
A gem of unique history in Strasbourg. Even in medieval times, the price of health care was a challenge! But lucky for us, you could pay in wine or land, and the hospital cellar still stores the oldest wine in the world from 1472. This is a small cellar where an audio tour includes only 11 stops, but every one is fascinating, including a narrow escape tunnel in case the city came under attack. The wine shop is lovely with a great selection and beautiful glasses for purchase. And yet another great thing - the proceeds go right back to the hospital. You will have to look for the signs to this, and then the entrance is down a nondescript stairway, but you will feel like you've found a treasure once inside.
Written July 31, 2016
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SunnyW358
Albuquerque, NM6,409 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
I had to ask three people to get there and when I finally got there it was their "siesta time" and I had to come back after 1.30 p.m. So, I marked my way out:

First find the hospital, which is not hard to do by looking at a map. It looks like a church from outside, very pretty building. Then find the faculty of medicine (look at the photos I add here). It is also easy to find. Go through the arch and look for the 3rd entrance& go through it. Then look to your left, there is a sign "Sortie" or exit. Take it and you will immediately see the plaque on the wall indicating "La cave historique" to your left. Make sure you go down to the basement by taking the stairs there. I actually went upstairs to the human resources! (even before having wine!) When I asked the lady there how to find "la cave", we all had a very good laugh and she was very nice and led me there.

Well, I am not sure it is really worth the trip unless you get to taste the wine, which does not happen everyday. There is also no staff to ask any questions. So you have to just look at the labels and guess if it would be good.

Some people were buying by the boxes, but since I did not know anything about white wine, and also did not care for the red wine Alsace had to offer, I bought just one bottle of white out of obligation. Since it was a wine cellar, after all in a hospital, it made an interesting visit, but I did not feel the earth move under my feet.

An interesting tidbit is that several locals had no idea there was a wine cellar in the hospital! So, if you make a visit, you have something to write home about! Cheers!
Written August 28, 2013
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AndyMc_Dnaught
Canberra75 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
The oldest barrel of wine in existence? A decent little wine shop selling wines from across France? A lovely little historical side note? This has all of these things. Some reviews say it was hard to find - if it is, then I got very lucky. Off the tram at Port d'Hopital, wander right through the main gates, and follow the signs...
Written September 27, 2016
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Munjo
Angola, NY2,538 contributions
Unexpected, or wine cellar with cash line dating back to 1497. I think it's the oldest in Europe.strangely, it is historically underneath the city Hospital.

The guide said treatment in the middle ages was 2 L of wine per day per patient. Of course medicine for the middle-age also had its downside. I suppose it included leeches.

The wine tasting was very good. They let us empty all the bottles.good sized pours!!

I walked back to the hotel through the old city after the visit and had a great time.

Most interestingly, in a small room off the wine cellar, but guide told us that they did secret dissection on human cadavers. If the early anatomist work was detected by authorities they would be burned alive. They paid to have bodies of convicted And executed brought from ravens bridge.
Written September 30, 2014
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Hitchiker_bear
Country Victoria, Australia695 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
A little difficult to locate; at the south end of Place de l’hopital there is a tall tower, pass under the tower and turn right through steel gates. To the right, in front of the hospital building is a small lawn patch with trees in front of a curved driveway- in the back wall, of the far corner, a flight of steps lead down to the cellar entrance, reception and wine cellar, entry is free. Staff appear to pay little attention to visitors and so are free to wander.
Dating from 1395 underneath the Strasbourg hospital, its origins grew from a charitable institution offering food wine and shelter to the pilgrims and the poor rather than care. A 17th century wine press and over 40 ancient wine barrels, along with wines from more recent vintages lie quietly in this large wine cave.
For six centuries, wine was produced in the historic cellar of the Hospital of Strasbourg, however gradually its use declined and the ancient barrels began to shrink and decay. Around 1999 thirty Alsatian vineyards were able to come together to again use and save the cellar . Select winegrowers were given the opportunity to age their wines in the barrels of La Cave Historique. The wine is bottled on site and a portion is available for sale in the shop of this unique wine cellar.
Professional blind tasting held is held every year to determine the most promising wines that will be admitted in the cellar . Appellation d'Origine (AOC ) Alsace and Alsace Grand Cru. Alsatian Riesling, Sylvaner , Muscat, Pinot blanc , Pinot gris , Klevener Heiligenstein , Gewurztraminer and the only red grape of Alsace, Pinot Noir, are accepted. The profits made by the Hospital shop selling wines is used to purchase medical equipment for Hospital of Strasbourg.
All bottles have the same look, Hospital Cross and Cave emblem. Labels differ only in the name of the wine, the vintage and the name of the producer located in the yellow bar at the bottom of the label.
Marked both by their specific geographical origin and the expertise of their producer, each of the wines is unique.
Written November 10, 2013
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BinRoundDWorld
Tulsa, OK73 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
This was a bit challenging to find, as it's not well signed. You'll need a map. Visiting and seeing the giant barrels is quite interesting. You can even smell the wine in the air evaporating through the wood. This made us very much in the mood to do some tasting, but the tastings only happen once a week, on Saturday mornings. That unfortunately was not in the cards for us. Try to schedule your visit then if you can!
Written June 13, 2013
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