! Murcia Today – Jumilla Wine Museum opens its doors to the public after more than 10 years of refurbishment
Retrace 5,000 years of winemaking history by jumilla
Saturday May 21st saw the long-awaited official opening of the Wine Museum in the town of Jumilla, a project that spanned more than 10 years at a total cost of around 1.5 million euros.
The new museum is expected to give a boost to tourism in and around Jumilla, providing an added attraction for those already visiting. the many wine estatesthe monuments of the old city centerthe imposing medieval castle and the spectacular countryside from the north of the Region of Murcia.
The Museo del Vino de Jumilla is located in premises that were once occupied by the alfa factory El Arsenal on Calle Goya near the Colegio Público Miguel Hernández school. These buildings that were renovated between 2010 and 2014 at a cost of more than 900,000 euros (including a 650,000 euro grant from the Leader Programme).
Since then it has been necessary to renovate the interior of the buildings, work that has been interrupted due to funding problems and, in recent years, the Covid pandemic, but on Saturday Mayor Juana Guardiola was finally able to pronounce the open museum.
5,000 years of wine history
The result of all these efforts at Jumilla is that visitors can now enjoy a journey through the history of winemaking in the region through the visual and interactive exhibits on display. These exhibits are divided into three main areas, the first of which focuses on history and archaeology.
Viticulture in Jumilla dates back to the Calcolithic (or Copper Age), and among the evidence for this are the earliest grapevines found in the area. These 5,000 year old seeds were extracted at the site of El Prado and the history of wine in Jumiilla then continues through the period of Iberian domination, the ancient Greeks, the Romans and the Middle Ages.
The second exhibition space concerns the economic importance of wine in Jumilla in the 19e century and the crucial role played by the Monastrell grape strain in Jumilla DOP products. Traditional methods of producing, storing, transporting and exporting wine are presented, and the good fortune that saw the vineyards of Jumilla escape Phyloxera infestation in the 19e century is explained.
Finally, the museum focuses on the label “Denominación de Origen Protegida” and the Jumilla Wine Route, the organization responsible for the growth of wine tourism in this part of Murcia. Here you can see how the development of winemaking over thousands of years has led to it becoming such an important part of local history, economy, festivals, gastronomy and traditions.
The Museo del Vino de Jumilla also has a conference room that can accommodate up to 72 people, a tasting room, a temporary exhibition space and an outdoor area. From now on, it will open to the public according to a schedule similar to that of the other municipal museums. .
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