ArteVino Razzano Museum

The Razzano Art and Wine Museum

The site

The museum is inside the Castle, in what were for many years the vinification cellars.
Following careful refurbishment and architectural restoration, they have now been returned to their former splendour with exposed vaults, bricks and original elements from the Monferrato area.

Access to the museum is through the main entrance to the Castle. Once in the courtyard, a sign on the right indicates the entrance to the museum and the direction of the visit.

The Museum can be seen as an educational voyage of discovery or as an art exhibition, as there are no less than twenty installations, both small and large. The exhibition space benefits from effects of luminism and particularly careful lighting, both during the day and at night.

Museum Tour

First area – Territory

Four niches, with their plastic-pictorial appeal, illustrate the territory of the Barbera region, the local geology, Romanesque-gothic art and the Baroque and late Baroque art of the surrounding area.

A triumph of glass will be installed here on a background that depicts a view, in relief, of Razzano Castle.

Second area – Daily life

The Museum actually begins by reconstructing, symbolically and, to some extent metaphorically, the settings of the Rural House, the Blacksmith and the Cooper, which are all interpreted in artistic installations

Third area – Tools

A corridor with 10 glass showcases uses an “artistic” teaching method to illustrate four different topics: the memory space (for wine and play), the oenological workshop, tastings and the cooper’s techniques.
In this same corridor there are three beds: the first is dedicated to sulphurization, the second to the weighing machines used in wine commerce and the last bed, the bed of life, containing a large, dead vine united with a living Barbera plant.

Fourth area – Old cellar

At the end, the old wine cellar presents the installation of a bunch of Barbera grapes, created entirely in glass and set amidst the casks and presses.
Under this bunch of grapes, there will be an installation of a fountain that continually spouts wine.

Finish the tour with a wine tasting!

After the tour, visiting groups can access a hall where films are shown about the company and the surrounding countryside. This hall leads on to the eighteenth century wine production cellars, where a collection of 100 Barletts and some old manual or floor-based corking machines can be found.
The visit draws to a close with a glimpse of the fining barriques and the large horizontal ageing casks, and then ends with the very old infernot, located close to the underground passages that were used as escape routes during sieges in medieval times.