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“A very good choice if you can only visit one winery”

Musee du Vin Brotte
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Owner description: open since 1972, the Brotte Wine Museum is situated in Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Provence). The visit is free and audioguided in English, German, Russian, Chinese and Brazilian. Renovated in 2015 the museum is called "on the footstep of the winegrower". You will discover each world of the winegrower (Vineyard/cellar/business. You will also learn about the Rhone valley and of course Chateauneuf du Pape. Free tasting at the end of the visit. Open 7/7 9h-12h / 14h a 18h (16 oct to 15 apr) 9h-13h / 14h a 19h (16 apr to 15 oct)/ June-to 15 sept (9h-19h)
Nîmes
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“A very good choice if you can only visit one winery”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

When planning your wine visits, it's important to know that all the caves offer free tastings. But this one has the added advantage of a museum that explains how wine is made. Not all of it is in English, but you can ask the owner for any supplementary info. For example, I learned one of the fundamental differences between Californian and French wines (the former is "mono-culture" and uses one type of varietal grape, whereas French AOC wines use a mix of different varieties of grapes.)

The owner, who also does the tastings, is quite a character. He has a dry sense of humour, what the French call "second degré" and which Americans might not always get. Not to worry, his English is quite good. Our group laughed quite a bit. When I asked him why it seemed that the French were so interested in snubbing American wines, he told me it was pure French chauvinism. I have never heard a French person fess up to that!

A former reviewer noted a feeling of being ignored. However, it's important to keep in mind that the owner may be alone and is doing his best to accord proper time to everyone. We noticed that during our group tasting, he took the time to speak to all incoming guests and guide them towards the museum.

We purchased a couple of bottles of "La Fiole du Pape" at 21€ which has the distinction of an original bottle that has no year on it, because it incorporates wines from various years. This may not be well received by purists, but it makes for an original gift for those interested in Chateauneuf du Pape. It goes without saying that we really enjoyed the wine as well.

Finally, you can always make a trip to "La Maison des vins" which offers the advantage of free tastings of nearly ALL the Chateauneuf du Pape wines. The bottles are also sold for the same prices as those offered in the original caves. The people doing the tastings are also completely neutral in their advice and you will not feel obliged to purchase.

Visited October 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Venice, Florida
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“Pretty basic”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

Good museum for those that are not familiar with wine production history. A bit basic, but laid out well and no charge to enter. The winery tour was not possible because they were in the middle of harvest, which is understandable. Worth the 15 minutes it took to go through.

Visited October 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Little Wine Museum Packs In a Lot of Information”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

If you want to learn about the varieties of grapes used in making Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines or the history of winemaking in this area, the Musée du Vin Brotte is a great place to go. The displays are well laid out with maps, photos, diagrams and information, all presented in a compact space that doesn't overwhelm the viewer. And, after learning all about winemaking in this area, you can choose a bottle for you picnic or dinner in the well stocked wineshop. Definitely a stop to plan for on your visit to Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Visited March 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“OK”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

A small museum with some information on the region. The information is mainly in French and the is adequate for those who have not been to other wine museums in France before. The wine tasting is a bit non-event and does not give you a good understanding of the wines produced in the area and is very limited. We had a much better experience in the Cave under the Chateau ruins on the hill - go there....

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“ok experience”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

small museum but helpful explanation of the history of the local wine-making. The tasting afterwards was hurried and really did not promote CdeP in its best light.

Visited June 2013
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