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Wine over water

The Permanent exhibition

Beginning in the highlands of the Caucasus, vines and wines invaded the ancient Mediterranean world then spread across the whole of Western Europe, before crossing oceans and conquering the planet.

The history of wine is inextricably linked to rivers and seas. For millennia, from earliest Antiquity to the invention of the railway in the 19th century, waterways (more secure than land routes) were the favoured method of transporting wine.

These essential waterways helped the establishment and development of major vineyards.

Embark on six journeys through time along the Douro, Rhone, Rhine, Seine, Garonne and Loire. Learn the history of these rivers and their occasionally epic tales of navigation. 

Learn the history of these rivers and their occasionally epic tales of navigation.

 

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