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“Impressive museum dedicated to wine”
Review of Vivanco

Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Briones
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: VIVANCO IS MUCH MORE THAN EXPERIENCES We seek to transport you to a new universe of sensations where the wine takes centre stage. 9,000 m2 of emotions and activities around culture, art, cuisine, flavour and fun. The meeting point between knowledge and the enjoyment of wine. Today at Vivanco we understand wine as a way of life from an innovative, energy-filled perspective, offering you a unique, exclusive experience around the Culture of Wine. Winery, Foundation and Experiences are a faithful reflection of the commitment of the Vivanco family to "giving back to wine what wine has given us", which we invite you to discover.
Reviewed January 7, 2012

We spent a very enjoyable morning at the museum here when we stayed in Rioja last September.

The museum is quite new and modern and extremely well curated. At the start of our visit we were able to view a film (in english) that introduced the winery and the museum. After that, we explored the museum. The exhibits cover all aspects of wine including the history of wine production and consumption and also how glass bottles, corks and barrels are made. I particularly enjoyed the interactive display that covered wine colour & nose. There is also an extensive art collection on show, which includes paintings, sculptures, mosaics and cinema. The collection of cork screws was quite interesting too!

The location of the museum is beautiful, with gorgeous views of the town of Briones and nearby hills and vineyards. There is an outdoor display of various grape variety plantings with information.

The museum has a cafe / wine bar with nice tapas and wine from their own winery. The cafe has a pleasant outdoor space too. There is a more formal restaurant on site which we didn't try.

The museum shop is well stocked with all sorts of wine related goods.

We didn't have time to tour the winery.

Thank Koukat
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

We have visited the Dinastia Vivanco Museum and Gardens twice, most recently in October 2011. It is a beautiful and interesting museum on the history of winegrowing in Spain. The gardens of different vines are lovely.

You can tour just the museum or the museum and winery. For us the museum is enough since there are so many other wineries to visit in La Rioja.

The museum provides information on the growth and development of Spanish winemaking from Roman times. In addition to historical information and wonderful old winemaking tools, the museum has a nice collection of pottery, paintings, mosaics depicting various subjects related to wine. A wonderful audioguide in various languages including English provides lots of additional information.

The gift shop has some nice items including local white and natural glazed pottery at very reasonable prices.

1  Thank mcintrav
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

We made reservation for an English speaking tour at Dinastia Vivanco at the cost of €6.50 per person for two people. After a lengthy drive from San Sebastian to La Rioja, we went to the front desk to check in for the tour where we abruptly asked for €78. I initially thought I misheard, but it was then explained to me that it was €6.50 each for a tour PLUS a €65 charge for a "private English speaking tour".

This extra charge was never communicated to us in advance and was completely unreasonable. We left immediately without paying. Luckily we had also booked an English speaking tour at Marques de Riscal, where they did not try to rip us off, so the trip was not wasted.

I find it bizarre that wineries in this region charge for tours at all, given that tours and tastings are a great opportunity for the vineyard to sell wines. To even attempt to charge €78 for a tour is completely unforgivable.

10  Thank Barry W
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Vivanco C, Propietario at Vivanco, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2015

We just write you to inform that nowadays there are 2 guide visits in english every day.

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Reviewed February 22, 2011

Dinastia Vivanco is an impressive wine museum created by the winemaking family Vivanco. Our guidebook only mentioned it in few lines (and had the opening hours wrong), so we didn't really have any expectations.

The museum covers every aspect of wine culture; history, production, consumption and much more. It's all communicated with pictures, plenty of signs with text (most of it also in English), but also interactive displays, videos and you can even experience it with your senses (e.g. taste and smell). You can smell 28 different wine aromas from a wine barrel and you receive a free glass of wine in the bar by the exit of the exhibition.

We spent 1,5 hours in the museum, but could have spent much more time, if we had planned our visit better (we arrived exactly 1,5 hour before closing). The museum is very entertaining and informal. First they show you how wine is made, then you can enjoy an impressive collection of drinking vessels, corkshrews, wine bottles etc. There's also a special section dedicated to art - naturally with a wine theme.

All in all very educating, fun and entertaining. Highly recommended!

2  Thank Copenhagen_girl
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