Morellino di Scansano

The Wine and Vine Museum

Learn about the history and culture of traditional wine making

The Wine and Vine Museum in Scansano (Museo della Vite e del Vino) was opened in 2000 and is housed in Palazzo Pretorio. The museum aims to celebrate the history, traditions and culture of the region, using local wine production as its central theme. The wine from this area is famous for its quality and is often used to represent the whole region.

The museum is divided into five parts. They are:
  1. An historical section (wine archaeology)
  2. A wine production section
  3. A section dedicated to the natural cycle of the vines and wine
  4. A section dedicated to traditions (including a taste workshop)
  5. An information section.
The different parts of the museum each clearly illustrate the close relationship between the climate and kind of soil and the wine produced here. Visitors can learn about wine making techniques throughout history, many of which are written about in the local dialect. In the section dedicated to traditions, there is an explanation of what should be eaten with different wine and there is also a table laid with wines to be sampled. The six local DOC wines from this area are also on display. For each one, there is information concerning the characteristics of the area where the wine is produced, as well as the unique elements and flavours of that wine. Morellino di Scansano is one of the more interesting wines produced locally.

This wine has carried the DOC appellation since 1978 and was awarded DOCG status after the 2006 grape harvest. Morellino wine is one of Tuscany’s most symbolic products. It has been protected by the Consorzio di Tutela del Morellino di Scansano (the Morellino di Scansano Protection Consortium) since 1992. The Wine and Vine Museum is also home to the Strade del Vino Colli di Maremma (Wine Routes of the Maremma Hills) association. This association looks after the wine itinerary routes in the region which wind across the countryside and take visitors on a tour of local vineyards, wine cellars and many beautiful areas of natural, historical and cultural interest.

Opening hours
July – September: everyday except Mondays / 10am-12.30pm and 4pm-7.30pm
October and March to June: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays / 10am – 12.30pm and 3pm – 5.30pm
November – January: closed except for the Christmas period when the museum is open 10am-12.30pm and 3pm-5.30pm

Entry fee


Disabled access

Contact information
Piazza Pretorio 4
Scansano (Grosseto)
Telephone 0564 509401

The town of Morellino looks onto the beauty of the Maremma landscape
Scansano is located in the hilly Maremma inland along a strip of land between the coast and the slopes of Mount Amiata, boasting vast and varied panoramas. It dates back to the Etruscans and the Romans as evidenced by the archeological site in Ghiaccioforte. It was dominated by the Aldobrandeschi family, who built a castle in the village that was later used as a convent. ...